The site was visited three times in June, on Sundays the 2nd, 16th and 30th. On all three days the weather was cool and dry, but mostly overcast. Three members attended on the 2nd, five on the 16th and five on the 30th.
Note – For plan of site, see blog for November 2012; and the graphic below, specifically showing the seven 1m x 1m squares marked G (ditch) to A (top of bank).
On the 2nd, excavations took place in Squares ‘C’ and ‘E’.
Light orangey clay like material was excavated from Square E (context two) (see photograph) and then sieved.
We may be nearing the end of this context. No artefacts were located in this square.
A large quantity of compacted sand was extracted from context two in Square C. Excavations here proved beyond doubt that this bank is man-made and not natural geology, as a 38cm animal bone (probably a femur from a cow) was unearthed 45cm down inside the bank (see photograph). A Flint flakes was also found in Square C (1g), along with 5 pieces of charcoal (total 2g) (see photograph).
Squares C and E were photographed, along with the animal bone.
On the 16th, excavations took place in Squares ‘B’ and ‘G’.
A great deal of sand (10cm) was extracted from context two from Square B, but more is still to be removed. 4 burnt stones (41g), 1 piece of metal (2g) and 2 pieces of charcoal (1g) were found in Square B. The burnt stones and the metal artefact were photographed (see photographs).
In Square G (context two) a quantity of light orangey clay material was removed and sieved. A burnt stone was found in Square E (2g).
In addition to excavating, a training event was conducted, using AIM’s Optical Square to record the profile of the trench. Ranging poles were positioned at the corner of each square on the north side of the trench and the optical square was positioned on top of another ranging pole. Readings were taken, but as a degree of inaccuracy was likely to be present, due to uncertainty of the ranging pole holding the optical square being always exactly vertical, it was decided to repeat this operation at a future date using AIM’s Laser Level and Staff.
On the 30th, excavations took place in Squares ‘B’ and ‘F’.
In Square B, context two, orangey coloured sandy soil, with a few small pebbles, was excavated to a depth of 30/32cm on north side of the trench and 24/27cm on the south side. One pottery sherd (2g), a piece of metal (1g) and a possibly worked flint (1g) were located in this square.
12cm of compressed dark orange soil with stones and small pebbles was removed from and sieved from Square F.
Both squares B and F were photographed on the day.