Church Field day 8

On site: Mick James, Paul Palmer, Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews, Lisa Waldock, Stephen Mason, Chris Hobbs, Phil Thomas, Ursula & David Croft, Sid Rowe, Tony Driscoll, Nigel Harper-Scott, Howard Webber, Christl Squires, Pauline Gimson

Weather : Overcast with sunny periods

Masses of people today. Quite a challenge to ensure that everyone was occupied most of the time. In fact, had to send our first reserve Mervyn home as I could not accomodate him… sorry Mervyn.

Lisa and Stephen tackled the ‘pit’ found late last afternoon which extends right across the trench, steeply slopes down to the northern end of the trench and undoubtedly extends further beyond the trench end. We have interpreted this as a boundary ditch (subsequently used as a rubbish pit) to delineate the boundary between the road-side slope and the property which probably lies below the platform on which the four trees now exist.

South of the ditch we removed Context 6 coming down onto a different irregular surface which we have called Context 13. None of these layers look like a metalled surface which leads to the conclusion that this must have been a very rough and uncomfortable trackway to travel over. Context 13 was removed revealing what I hope is the natural below it. This assumption will be tested in the next 2 days. However, about a metre and a half away from the ditch there is a residual area of dumped material which appears to be a levelling layer. We will be removing this tomorrow (weather permitting) in order to determine why this particular area required levelling.

We removed the residual context 8 over the ditched area to reveal an obviously cut linear across the trench. This will be carefully removed tomorrow as this may be the key feature that could allow us to date the origins of the trackway.


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

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