Saturday 1 September: now that the excavation is over
The trench has been backfilled, the turf is in place and we have left the compound fence in place to give the grass time to re-establish itself before the cattle are given access to the area again. There is now the post-excavation work to do. The finds need to be sorted into categories, marked and quantified. We then need to have the specialist reports written. In the meantime, I will be writing an interim report for the NCAG newsletter and website; I’ll also submit a version to a journal such as Herts Past and Present. We then need to decide whether this excavation can be published as a stand-alone report or if it should form part of a larger report dealing with any further fieldwork we might carry out in this field.
As the first part of writing up the site, I have sorted out the matrix, which is all rather straightforward.