Saturday, week 1 in Church Field
On site: Nigel Harper-Scott, Greg Ford, Chris Hobbs, Ernest Ford, Mervyn Evans, William Peters, Paul Palmer
Weather: fine all day
We froze as we entered the field through the church gate – it appeared as though the herd of cattle was inside our compound! Happily, they were only outside and surrounding it, so our first job was to chase them off.
The second task was to plan contexts 4 and 5, after which Chris, William and Greg removed context 4 working towards the ditch from the north end of the trench. Eventually a new surface containing animal bone and black pottery sherds was reached and designated context 7. Meanwhile Nigel, Mervyn and Ernest carefully removed the thin surface context 3, from the ditch to the south end of the trench. The ditch appeared to be a separate context (5) and after lunch break, Chris, William and Greg removed this and located further ditch fill context 6 underneath.
All contexts were recorded and planned and levelled and special thanks to William for his thoroughness in doing this.
Generally, it seems as though the ditch will be a shallow feature and further laid road or track surfaces are proving elusive at present…