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!