Wed 4th of May 2011
The first week of the excavation is complete and despite some absence over the bank holidays everyone is making progress and cleaning /defining features successfully. We have five groups of students working across four areas, but all in the same field, just north of where contractors are putting in a major road.
Alistair and Claire’s groups are working in an area partially excavated last year and have increasing evidence for built structures, including from this Monday, at least two phases of activity.
David’s group has a small trench just above the springline with an intriguing cobbled area looking similar to the wells discovered in other areas of the site, so time will tell!
James and Alex with their groups have very large areas but have been making excellent progress in defining things and cleaning up. In these areas the bright sunlight and dry sand make it difficult to see what is going on so we keep praying for rain, which is apparently on the way.
We had a couple of visitors this week, Allan Hall came to talk to us about the environment and wider context of the site and Malin Holst, osteologist, came to advise us about lifting a probable Bronze Age cremation. Colleagues from OnSite Archaeology are working in another area of the site so we occasionally see them too.