We have now finished another excavation, having made 15 visits in total. This year we continued work on the two trenches we started last year – T12 and T13. We also carried out some survey work earlier in the year.
Trench 12 was dug to try and establish the construction date of the inner enclosure bank and ditch. This was not an easy trench to dig as it was very difficult to tell the difference between the fill and the natural surface. Our professional adviser Phil Andrews (Wessex Archaeology) helped solve the problem with the aid of his auger. Only a few datable finds were recovered, but significantly we did find some medieval tile and pottery near the bottom of the ditch which means it is almost certainly a medieval earthwork. This trench has now been backfilled.
Trench 13 is within the inner enclosure, situated in the area where a flint wall was noted by Arthur Boarder in the 1970s. We uncovered a significant amount of flint rubble last year that may be evidence of stone walling, so this year we dug two further small trenches to see if this rubble extended and if we could detect the outline of any walls. Unfortunately, we still cannot determine the exact position of the walling as the flint does not appear to be in situ.
The extension trenches have produced more medieval pottery and roof tile, similar to that found in the main trench. Some of the tile appears poorly fired and slightly warped, which is a bit unusual as it can’t have been any good for roofing and you would normally only get this sort of material at the site of a kiln.
This trench has now been covered for the winter and we plan to finish it next year.
Earlier this year we carried out some field-walking within the surrounding woodland and identified a couple of potentially interesting features for future investigation. The photo below shows part of a low circular bank that appears as a green strip running diagonally across the picture.
In early Spring, we plan to visit the site with Phil Andrews, our professional adviser from Wessex Archaeology, to discuss our strategy for 2018. One option is to carry out a mix of excavation, field-walking and surveying, as this may help us to understand Warren Wood within its surrounding landscape.
We plan to do some more field-walking and surveying in in the new year and we will let you know when we plan to do that so that you have the opportunity to join us.
Many thanks to all our volunteers this year. We look forward to working with you again next year and welcome any others who wish to join us.
Please contact the fieldwork coordinator if you would like to attend. Contact details can be found on the Contact page.