Monday 9th May 2011
Following on from a successful first week of excavation for Group F at Heslington East with finds notably including several pieces of Samian Ware (one of which still contained part of a makers mark) as well as a cache of Roman Hobnails, meant that hopes were high for an equally exciting start to the second full week on the site. Continuing to investigate a mysterious east/west cut containing (an originally named) ‘dark greyish black’ fill, I was tasked with continuing to excavate out this material in order to establish the parameters and extent of the cut before recording it in its entirety. Having spent the last two working days excavating the cut with nothing but a trowel, it was particularly satisfying to finally finish, however this also meant that I had to begin the slightly more lacklustre task of recording the feature. So following on from completing a section of the feature, I began the process of recording it to create a plan. Though not entirely sure of what the cut and fill may turn out to be, current theories have suggested that it may be a possible rubbish pit, possibly associated with the kiln discovered on another area of the site? In other Group F news, additional members of the group continued to explore a stone wall feature uncovered close to the cut as well as being tasked with taking off more topsoil to explore whether or not the ‘dark greyish black’ material continued further across the site and whether or not this is related to a similar material feature noticed last week. With most of the group otherwise engaged; Nick, Phoebe and Danielle were tasked with excavating and recording several post-pit features in an attempt to garner more information about several phases of Roman buildings thought to have existed on our area of the site, with further investigation still required to determine exact details about them. Whilst not quite as exciting a start to the week as some may have wished with that golden aureus still remaining ever elusive, we are well on our way to beginning to understand certain aspects and featured in our area of the site with further investigation over the next few days set to reveal exciting new details about the Roman occupation of the area.
Josh H Group F