The start of the final week: Wednesday 15 August 2012

On site: Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews, Caoimhín Ó Coileáin, Amy Saunders, Ashley Tierney, Bernie Matthews, Christl Squires, David Croft, Frankie Saxton, Hazel Alford, Ivor Davies, Izzy Gray, Jan Turner, Jean Andrews, Jim Skipper, Jon Goodwyn, Julie Martin, Liz Hart, Lyall Watson, Mick James, Miriam Foster, Molly Barron, Muriel James, Nigel Harper-Scott, Rachel Mills, Shona Nash, Steve Warner, Susan Richmond, Tonh Driscoll, Ursula Scott

Weather: overcast, dry and windy; rain predicted from late morning on

It’s very windy today, which is making anything to do with paperwork extremely difficult. The forecast is also for heavy rain showers (a 90% chance of between 15 and 25 mm per hour from 11 to 4 o’clock), although there is no sign of rain clouds at the moment.

Jon has started work on a 3 by 1 m slot in the centre of the henge, including part of (94) and its relationship with the chalk platform (88). This ought to give us a good idea of the survival of deposits inside the monument, as it is in the area where deposits seem to be highest and presumably thickest.

On Monday, I had a look for parallels for the “complete” pot and found that there is a very similar Collared Urn from Ayrshire. This is much later in date than I had expected and the fabric seems too fine to be collared urn. It did not contain cremated bone, nor was there any in the pit that held it, which I would expect from a Collared Urn. I wonder if it’s something transitional between Grooved Ware, Beaker and Collared Urn types.

The Roman enclosure ditch really needs to be finished as soon as possible this week. The terminal of the eastern branch is being drawn (plan and section) and will be completed today; the other sections will take rather longer, as all of them still contain at least one unexcavated deposit.

Mick and Muriel are finishing the section drawing of the ring ditch that Greg started on Sunday. We ought to have this element of the site completed by the end of the day, too. The complexity of the depositional sequence makes it very useful that the people who excavated most of it are now recording it in section.

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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.

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