The final day in Church Field

On site: Paul Palmer, Mick James, Chris Hobbs, Lisa Waldock, Christl Squires, Greg & Ernie Ford, Nigel Harper-Scott, Tony Driscoll, Mervyn Evans

Weather: Sunny and warm all day

All the digging had been finished yesterday and most of the recording. Greg dug a sondage in the middle of the trench to a depth of 30 cm to prove that we had, as I suspected, reached the natural ground level. Paul, Mervyn & Nigel located the trench by measuring from the corner of the church and one of the houses visible from the trench. Tony (assisted at the end by Nigel) finished off an overall trench plan and a section drawing.

Just before lunch we started on the backfilling, joined by the others when they had finished their tasks. This took us all day, finishing at about 16.30.

So to conclusions.

When we started out, we expected to find a metalled surface similar to that discovered higher up the field. Of this there was no sign. The modern(ish) ditch found last year continued this far down the field and appears to date to sometime in the 19th century. We did find an obviously medieval boundary ditch at the north end of the trench. It seems that the metalling of the road surface ends at the crossroads and that from that point on the route can only be called, at best, a trackway. There are definitely no roman features associated with the trackway. The earliest deposits are probably medieval. Further analysis of the pottery should enable this to be confirmed more exactly. However, it will be some time before this information is available.


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 13 September 2010, in Fieldwork. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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