End of the first week in Church Field

On site: Nigel Harper-Scott, Greg Ford, Ernest Ford, Mervyn Evans, William Peters, Christl Squires, Louise Pateman, Paul Palmer

Weather: a fine day but with less sun and sometimes a keen wind

Nigel, Mervyn and Ernest continued to remove context 3 which contained a scattering of pottery, bone and tile which became less as they moved away from the ditch. They eventually located a new stony surface near the ditch, which is probably a slump layer in context 6 and which most likely runs further back under context 3. Greg and Louise finished removing the rest of ditch fill context 5, trying to locate context 6 underneath. Horizons aren’t easy to see and textural changes are the best guide here. William cleaned the surface of context 7 and produced a plan.

Despite the complexity, good progress was made and glimpses of laid surfaces underneath these contexts suggest that next week’s digging should prove interesting.

Christl did a sterling job in washing the finds on site and the pottery sherds in particular are fascinating.

A shower or two over the next day or so will be helpful in determining horizons – as long as it knows when to stop!


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

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