The final day at Goldingham did not disappoint and the weather was absolutely beautiful. The archaeology, whilst answering a few questions created several new ones. Our Open Day afternoon was also a great success with around 50 people visiting the site, a few of whom signed up to SVCA on the spot! Again we were lucky enough to have both Dr Carenza Lewis and Clemency Cooper of Access Cambridge Archaeology on site to provide support and muscle.
The group really came together and chipped in to do all the jobs that needed to be done. A massive finds washing effort took place in the tea shed, Ashley and Julie were tour guides and the trenches saw lots of recording, planning and still some excavation occurring (with only a few puzzled looks!) Here are some pictures of the day:
Finds washing assembly line
Visitors have a look round
Ashley greets visitors with the history of the Goldingham Hall site
Planning out Trench C
Corinne in the large post hole
The large stone in the bottom of that posthole in Trench C
We finally reached the bottom of Trench B!
…..and that smile proves it.
The Trench B team carried on sieving, especially as bone and pot were still coming up at nearly 2m down
And, in Trench A we possibly have a total of 7 bread ovens, this being one of the best preserved
Carenza points out features in the section of the circular feature discovered under the flint surface removed earlier this week
Andy and David recording those features
Graham carries on excavating the ditch feature which provided the in situ arrowhead on Saturday
Dave reads his updated version of The Lady of Shallot, dedicated to Carenza
Matthew, one of the youngest on site, gives us his version of the soon-to-be-named rock face
And, a very special guest, Ruth Steed who lived at Goldingham Hall nearly 90 years ago
So, taking a step back and looking at the entire site we can see a structure of some sort whose inhabitants were being provided bread and pork from the nearby kitchens and depositing their rubbish in the pre-existing ditch. There is so much happening on this site, that SVCA hope to revisit it in the future.
Special thanks go to the Essex Community Fund, Ashley Cooper, Marilyn Matthews, Access Cambridge Archaeology and the SVCA committee and members. Well done on our inaugural dig!