A Hot Sunday’s Work

Those present: Caoimhín Ó Coileáin, Zoe Ó Coileáin, Keeley Hale, Ernie Ford, Greg Ford, Martin Jupp, Nigel Harper-Scott, Tony Driscoll, Philip Dean, Jon Goodwyn, Muriel James, Mick James, Christl Squires, Lorna Holding

Weather: high wispy clouds on this bright but humid morning. Weather turned very sunny in the afternoon and it turned HOT.

Contrasting rural and urban landscapes

Contrasting rural and urban landscapes

Martin came on site early to prepare the area surrounding the trench for the ‘Open Day’ on Saturday 27th by strimming back the foliage.

Tony and Nick initially worked at the northern end of Trench IV removing context (48) to define the edge of the natural chalk Philip, Muriel and Mick are continuing to remove context (75) to define the edge of the chalk bank of the henge. Over the last 2 days we have exposed more than 2 inches additional depth for the bank.

In Trench I, we have now planned contexts (25), (26) and (27) so the relationships in this complicated area are now better understood.

Greg and Nick are working on the central posthole. They hoped to lift the packing material later today out of the fill. This was actually achieved at 14.30 in the afternoon.

Mark, Nigel and Martin are working in the Inner Ditch excavating the turf layer (Context (98)). Jon, Ernie and Keeley have begun to excavate the Outer Ditch (context (59)) whilst Zoe is checking yesterdays records and cleaning up drawings and Christl and Lorna are controlling the recording of finds to move offsite.

Although it was a hot and humid, a great deal of progress was made today.

By Mick James


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 21 August 2011, in Fieldwork, Stapleton's Field Dig 2011. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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