Present: Mick James, Paul Palmer, Philip Dean, Sophie Brookes, Alan Goodwin, Clifford Marshall, Mervyn Evans, Karen Lieper, William Peters, Chris Hobbs, Lisa Waldock
Weather: Sunny again!
We are continuing to remove the topsoil coming down onto a gravelly stony context. At least the recent rain has had some benefits. The soil is still extremely diggable although if we continue to get sunny days this may not last.
We have a stony, rubbly slope at the northern one third of the trench and a more level (although still sloping) gradient for the southern two thirds with a gully between.
If this the same as our last year’s trench, this gully may be the same ditch that was dug through the road surfaces. Alternatively, it may be a roadside gully with the N slope leading away from the road. Time will tell.
Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews visited us just before lunch and will be spending the afternoon with us tomorrow.
After lunch Chris, William and I took the membrane down to the henge trench in Stapleton’s Field and laid it over the henge contexts. Backfilling of the three Stapleton’s trenches is scheduled for Saturday.
By close of play, we have almost removed the last of the topsoil and have almost completed the planning of the northern slope, which will become context (2) tomorrow. The gravelly stony context to the south of the gully appears to be quite patchy towards the southern end of the trench and is likely to be quite thin. From memory there was a context like this in last year’s trench. First thing tomorrow we will give a light clean over the whole area to try to determine where its southern boundary lies.