Saturday 21 July 2012: the start of summer?
On site: Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews, Caoimhín Ó Coileáin, Bernie Matthews, David Croft, David Sims, Emily Abrehart, Jean Andrews, Jordan Charalampous, Julie Martin, Karen Leiper, Keeley Hale, Liz Hart, Nigel Harper-Scott, Oliver Sharman, Pauline Gimson, Priscilla Simmons, Rebecca Harrison, Richard Phillips, Tony Driscoll, Tz-ling Lai, Ursula Scott, William Siddeley, Martin Jupp, Izzy Gray, Molly Barron, Amy Saunders, Steve Mason
Weather: dry, sunny, scattered cloud
A properly sunny day at last, so it actually feels like summer weather rather than autumn. Letchworth Museum is holding its annual Day of Archaeology and a number of members from the group are taking part. I’ve said that the Museum can send people down to site if they are interested in seeing an excavation in progress; if people want to join in the activities, there are things they can get involved in, particularly with searching for unstratified finds on the spoil heaps.
We are getting close to dealing with nothing but proper archaeological deposits: the last bits of topsoil towards the bottom of the slope are being dealt with today and I hope that we will have removed them all by tomorrow. After that, we need to define the enclosure ditches along the southern edge of the site, as I’d like to get started on the excavation of at least one section across it before the end of this week. We will probably have the excavation of the section across the ring ditch completed today, so tomorrow, we will be able to cut back to the edges of the spur and finish work on it. Assuming that we get the topsoil removed, I’m hoping that we’ll be able to start cleaning across the henge tomorrow, too.
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