Saturday 4 August 2011
On site: Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews, Caoimhín Ó Coileáin, Aimee Crossland, Amelia Weatherill, Chris Hobbs, Dorien de Vries, Emma Winter, Frances Bourne, Frankie Saxton, Izzy Gray, Jacky Winter, Jan Turner, Jean Andrews, Jeremy Disley, John Byrne-Nash, Julie Martin, Keeley Hale, Martin Jupp, Nigel Harper-Scott, Pauline Gimson, Phil Thomas, Philip Dean, Richard Phillips, Tony Driscoll, Tom Westrope
Weather: grey clouds with occasional and brief sunny spells, constant breeze; becoming much darker and starting to rain during the morning; a return to sunny spells after midday
Off to a reasonable start, with the eastern enclosure ditch being planned first thing, the lower fragments of vessel <5750> in (172) has been cleaned and photographed, while the sections across the enclosure ditch are producing more and more Roman tile. Pauline has found a radiate coin (possibly Gallic Empire to judge from the portrait) close to where she found a minimissimus yesterday and a Roman sherd earlier. She is excavating in colluvium just off the henge bank. The weather is not encouraging, with very black rain clouds dropping rain to the north; the air also smells of rain. I hope that we don’t lose digging time to bad weather.
We lost about 45 minutes to rain late in the morning. Nevertheless, work has progressed in the enclosure ditch sections, revealing new deposits in each. Only Roman material is being recovered from the fills now, so I am happy that the enclosure is of Roman (or possibly Late Iron Age) date. Indeed, there was a rim sherd from one section todsy of definitely first-century AD form.
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