Cool and grey: perfect digging weather
Friday 26 August 2011
On site: Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews, Pauline Gimson, Philip Dean, Keeley Hale, Jim Skipper, Caoimhín Ó Coileáin, Chris Hobbs, Jon Goodwyn, Nigel Harper-Scott, Bianca San Martin, Mark Perks, Greg Ford, Siân O’Neill, Sophia Brookes, Karen Leiper, Tony Driscoll, David Sims, Sid Rowe, David Croft, Dale Jackson
Weather: grey, damp, cool, following overnight rain; rain started around 11 o’clock and was heavy in spells
It’s good to be back on site; with only three days to go, there are some important tasks that must be completed before we put the site to bed for next year. The sections of Trench I need to be drawn (so far, only the north facing section east of the intersection with Trench IV has been done), there is stratigraphic data to be entered on to the context sheets and there are various cross-referencing tasks to be done. Dale has brought a laptop and spare batteries to site and is ensconced in his one man tent working on a 3D model of the site.
The henge bank in Trench IV north looks really impressive. Unfortunately, it only looks good with binocular vision: a camera lens flattens it completely. Perhaps video will bring out the slope. There is a definite slumping layer on the front of the bank and there are quite a few finds immediately over the slumping, presumably brought down the hill by colluvial action; there has been a fragment of iron pan, which perhaps formed over the clay capping the chalk at the top of the hill (we don’t have any on this part of the field).
Mark is planning a small deposit of carbonised material that appears to be at the bottom of the post pipe in the central posthole. It just might be the remains of the post, although the elongated shape of the pipe looks like one where the post has be wobbled back and forth to remove it from the ground. If this is the bottom of the post pipe, the ground surface through which the posthole was dug must have been considerably higher than the highest surviving archaeological deposit, perhaps even higher than the modern topsoil.