Week 10-11: Work Continues
We are all still on a high following the community field walk. Moral is good and the sun is shining (well...sometimes). Following the success of the day we are planning further works on site from the 8th to the 13th of April. Get in touch for more details!
Work on inside of the third ring ditch (RD3) drew to a close this week. The ditch was similar in form to RD2 but the cut is deeper down slope indicating that there has been a degree of plough truncation here. Nevertheless a small number of internal features have been excavated, a few close to the entrance. There was also a cluster of pits to the SE but no bone was observed during excavation.
During machining a metalworking kiln/ furnace was located on the east side of site. The non-ferrous slag cake in an irregular pit had a stakehole superstructure on the north side. This was presumably a feature to shelter the kiln during working.
Later RD4 was also exposed. Smaller in diameter than the others excavated on site but still totals c 6m . RD4 however has a central stone-lined feature. Though little has been recovered from the central feature at this stage it is quite probable the feature contained a cremation. There was also a cremation in the ditch of RD3 as several large pieces of burnt bone were recovered.
Series of pits to the west of RD4, linking up with the pits that were found in Area 1c. These vary in size but some are quite large (e.g. up to 2 long and 1 m wide). The function of these pits are unclear- most probably some kind of habitation activity.
In Area 5.3 trial trenching in the southern part of this area has now been completed, with trenching carried up to the existing field boundary. It has been signed off as completely investigated.
During the trial trenching a linear feature was found parallel to the fence line, judging from the historic mapping this was a trackway leading from the west boundary of the farmed land to a pond.