Wednesday, 23 July 2014
The pit turned out to be disappointing however.
The ditch did fill a few bags though and the quality of the pottery is remarkable, with one piece decorated.
Hope to see you at the Open Day on the 26th.
Saturday, 19 July 2014
Day 3 was a washout, unfortunately. But we had a visit from some people from Nether Compton and some more bits of pottery before we had to run for cover. Also we managed to start digging the features. So not a complete waste. Next week is the Open Day at the village hall at Nether Compton starting at 2.30pm. A Roman, metal detecting club, digging for kids in sand pits and tea & cake! Plus a site visit.
Saturday, 12 July 2014
Cleaning day. The base of the trench is cleaned and here are the features uncovered:
A nice Black Burnished Ware rim.
A very hot day, so thanks to those that came along to day. We are looking forward to many more finds and those made so far indicate a Roman-British enclosure.
Thursday, 10 July 2014
After relocating the area where we wish to dig we had the machine start stripping the topsoil and subsoil. It is never easy judging the depth of the overburden and one just has to guess how deep we may have to go to locate the archaeology. The unevenness of the ground does not help. In this case the topsoil was 0.50m deep and then the subsoil added to this, to a depth of 1m. Being sloping ground it is likely that soil has built up over time since the ancient features were created leaving no trace on today's ground level.
Now we have to clean the base of the trench to look for smaller features and then start to dig them! Look in for more news on the Nether Compton site.