Friday 27 July

Weather cloudy and dry with some sunny spells

On site: Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews, Muriel Hardman (left at 10.30), Mick James, Tony Driscoll, Mervyn Evans, Frankie Saxton, Philip Dean, Evelyn Goodwin

Hoeing

Hoeing to remove the bits left under the turf

We arrived to find that the cows had been leaning on the fence again, but it is holding up well and did not need any repairs.

We began with a light hoeing in an attempt to create a more even surface. Bob Lancaster called in with finds bags of various sizes and I have decanted the previous days’ finds into more appropriate and labelled bags. By 10.15, the initial hoeing was complete and a grid aligned to magnetic north established.

After hoeing, colour differences became much clearer. There are five basic deposits: (1), to the south-west, is dark and rather clayey, retaining more moisture than elsewhere; (20, to its north-east, is only a little lighter, but does not appear to be as clayey; (3) is a very light yellow-brown colour around the slope on the north-western edge of the trench; (4) is a slightly darker, but still yellow-brown band running along the top of the slope; (5) is a mid yellow-brown deposit on the level area at the top of the slope. An iron object (a horseshoe?) is visible in (5), close to the baulk. We can leave it in situ for the time being. The only other find is a sherd of post-medieval tile from (2).

Sketch plan of the trench

A sketch plan of the trench after hoeing

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About Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews

I'm the Archaeology Officer for North Hertfordshire District Council Museum Service. I was born and brought up in Letchworth Garden City, so I have a life-long connection with the area.

Posted on 30 July 2007, in Fieldwork, Norton Church Field Dig 2007. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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