WARREN WOOD INVESTIGATIONS – OCTOBER 2015

We made a further five visits between during August and September concentrating on test pits 10 and 11.

In T10 we excavated an almost continuous layer of flint rubble which is probably the remains of a Medieval wall footing but we have not been able to determine the position or orientation of the wall. The total weight of the flint rubble came to 335kg. We have now reached natural geology in all parts of the trench and it has been backfilled.

T11 was different as there was a lot less flint rubble, although it has produced a considerable quantity of broken roof tile. More intriguingly, we have found quite a lot of poor-quality pottery (see below) in one end of this trench. This pottery is very rough and contains many coarse inclusions and looks prehistoric, similar to the pottery previously found in nearby T6. However, we will have to wait for it to be properly analysed before we can be certain of its date. We have not reached natural geology yet so will have to resume this trench next year.

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We have started excavating T12 which is a trench across the bank and ditch of the inner enclosure, to see if we can find material to help us date the structure.  We have unearthed no significant finds so far and will continue with this trench next year.

On 27th September AIM member Chris Francis carried out some dowsing on the site. Chris has highlighted areas where he believes walls may have existed and we will take this into account when planning further excavation.

No further visits are planned to Warren Wood this year, but we expect to restart next March or April. We have had several enthusiastic new members join us at the site this year and we thank them and our regular volunteers for their hard work. We look forward to seeing more AiM members at Warren Wood next year, and to making more exciting discoveries.

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