Day 3 in Church Field

Present: Mick James, Paul Palmer (afternoon), Chris Hobbs, Nigel Harper-Scott, Mervyn Evans, Lisa Waldock, Christl Squires, Karen Leiper, Howard Webber

Weather: Sunny all day yet again.

Digging to the north of the road

This morning we had an unexpected visitor, Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews, who had some bad news for us. A large number of the Context Forms for the Stapleton’s Field Dig had not been completed by the diggers. This led to a disrupted day for us. More of that later.

Finds processing

On our dig we completed the planning of Context 2 on the northern slope of the trench and then removed the context. There is a soil-like context underneath with almost no inclusions whatsoever. On the southern side of the gully we removed the remaining residue of the Topsoil (Context 1). By lunchtime we had planned the thin gravelly layer (Context 3) which can be removed tomorrow.

After lunch, the entire excavation team had to help Keith complete the deficient Context Records from Stapleton Field. I would like to remind all the Stapleton Field diggers that they have a responsibility to dig professionally. This means that the recording has to be done and done well. It is your responsibility to ensure that any context you dig is recorded adequately. This is particularly crucial on such an important site. The Church Field team have had to do your job for you to the detriment of their own Dig and we were not amused.


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 4 September 2010, in Fieldwork, Norton Church Field Dig 2010. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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