We’re starting now on our 3rd glorious day now in the trenches and anyone who remembers last year knows how unprecedented this is! (knock on wood, please). The trench is shaping up already to be very exciting. Several archaeological features immediately popped out of the ground after the initial clearing of the trench, and by that I mean the soil was a mish-mash of different colors in various straight lines, squares and round blobs indicating the presence of Roman ditches, drains, pits and ovens! You can see some of these colour changes in the picture below.
Nikki and Mary (in the foreground) are working on clearing the very silty layer of soil out of the top of a Roman ditch, hoping to get to the good stuff below that will really tell us about the date of occupation in this field. Rohana and Stephanie (far right) are working on a level that is very silty and full of iron. Amanda and Robin, Dan and Sarah are clearing off later drainage systems to prove whether or not they are Roman or modern (probably Victorian period) features. Rob and Meagan are clearing an area between a Roman oven and a tiled floor, probably used as a cooking space by Roman soldiers. Here are some shots of the areas.
We should be up and running with internet in our cottages tonight. Fingers crossed so we can resume to the usual waterfall of posts. We’ve got lots of great stuff to tell you about!
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