Backfilling the trench

Sunday 30 August

On site: Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews, Mick James, Nigel Harper-Scott, Lorna Holding, Chris Hobbs, Tony Driscoll, Jon Goodwyn, Christl Squires, Jim Skipper

Weather: cloudy, warm

It’s the final day on site and we have a mini digger in to backfill, which is slightly faster than doing it by hand, but not much. We are all standing around idle as there’s nothing we can do until we’re ready to replace the turf. Another thing that’s slowing things down is that the spoilheap has to be moved in stages, as does the material dumped in the trench.

Laying the geotextile

Laying the geotextile

Mick, Chris and I took a brief walk over the site of the possible henge in Top Field during the late morning. We picked up some flint débitage and a piece of probable tegula. There seems to be a general spread of Roman tile throughout this part of the village.

Backfilling

Backfilling

We discovered another issue when it cam to replacing the turf, after lunch. The stack of turves was so large that it had begun to compost in the middle and the individual turves were no longer definable, so we had to get the mini digger to demolish it and spread the material on top of the site. By keeping the cattle out as much as possible over the next few months, the grass should soon re-establish itself, though.

Around 4 o’clock, just as we were finishing on site, there was a light shower of drizzle, which was actually quite refreshing. We finally left around 4.30 and another year’s excavation comes to an end.

The end

The end

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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 31 August 2009, in Fieldwork, Norton Church Field Dig 2009. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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