24 July 2014

Over the last 2 months we have been visiting the site each Thursday, weather permitting. Our main area of work has been in and around Trench 7 looking for more post holes. This has proved to be reasonably successful but we have not been able to find a pattern or dating evidence.

Standing LookingThis picture sums up our thoughts of Trench 7.

Today we decided to look at the only geophys evidence that is real archaeology and not bedrock. That is the two long features.

We previously dug Trench 1 to find a ditch 1.8m wide x 0.9m deep with very smooth sides and randomly filled with stone. The geophys shows it to be about 33m long

This time we wanted to find the shorter ditch (20m long), especially the end and then to see if there was a connection with the long ditch.

We weren’t sure exactly where the end was, but we had marked out its approximate position a few weeks back.

In the end we excavated 3 pits which are shown below, which make up Trench 9.

Trench 9

Trench 9

Our first pit was 9A and in this we came down on a spread of random rubble so we were sure that we had found the top of the ditch but couldn’t see any edges.

Trench 9A

Trench 9A

So we then tried a second pit, Trench 9B, and found our edge. It wasn’t the end but was definitely the side.

Trench 9B

Trench 9B

Due to the bright sunlight it’s not easy to see the edge but it is definitely there.

So we moved on another meter or so with the smallest of our pits, Trench 9C. This was very quickly dug out and we think there is just bedrock.

Trench 9C

Trench 9C

Again, due to the shadows it’s not easy to make out features but we are pretty sure it’s bedrock.

To see what is happening we need to join trenches 9B and 9C and the hopefully find the end.