Day 7 Church Field

On site: Mick James, Lisa Waldock, Stephen Mason, Sophie Brookes, Tony Driscoll, Mervyn Evans, Sid Rowe

Weather: Cloudy initially then sun until lunchtime, sunshine and showers thereafter

Mervyn disappearing into the sondage

Context 3 has gone at last!! Context 6 (an irregular stony surface) now has been shown to extend all the way through the trench with the exception of the ditch area. Now that we can see the only candidate we have had for a road surface, it is possible to conjecture that the irregularities could be construed as a worn area parallel to the ditch some two metres away (possible wheel ruttted areas??). Tony planned Context 6 south of the ditch by the end of the day so after levelling we can start digging it.

North of the ditch Context 6 has been dug out to a context which has far fewer stones except for occasional large ones. This is Context 8 and is consistent with the ditch bottom and also goes under Context 6 south of the ditch. Context 8 was planned and dug out by the end of the day giving us the biggest surprise so far. Underneath was a yellow sandy clay with chalk and flint inclusions. However one metre from the baulk we appear to have a dark gray clay loam feature with large animal bones and teeth showing at the surface. Further investigation necessary tomorrow but it looks like we have a rubbish pit to dig.

A concentration of teeth and bones that appear to be in a pit

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

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