Today, 10th September, two new trenches were opened at Goldingham Hall, under the supervision of Cat Ranson from ACA, who will once again be supporting us on this dig. The Goldingham site was first discovered by Ashley Cooper in 1997. As ploughed the field he noticed small black patches of soil between the size of a cricket ball and a football. The plough had brought these pieces of soil to the surface.
Trench D being opened this morning, being watched by David, Ashley and Cat.
Ashley released the archaeological potential of these pieces of soil and measured and plotted them on a map (see Image below, of Ashley demonstrating the method he used to measure the soil locations within the field).
Ashley demonstrating the measuring system used to measure in location of black soil.
One of these spots of soil was marked with a post in the ground which has been ploughed, sown, sprayed and combined around for the past seventeen years. It is great that Stour Valley Archaeology can help discover the secrets of this site that Ashley has carefully left all this time.
Ashley standing next to the post that has been in place for the last 17 years.
The two new trenches have revealed a number of features to be dug. In Trench D which is next to the old trench C (the one with the big post hole or grain store in it, nearest to the tea shed) what is potentially another posthole and also a number of smaller postholes have been revealed.
Trench E, which is over the spot Ashley has farmed around, has what is potentially two ditches and also a number of small postholes. This gives us a lot to dig and will help us to understand this fascinating site even better.
Ashley’s delight as the digger reveals a ditch feature beneath that spot.
Jane, Cat and Ashley watch on as a new trench is opened.
The digger also filled in two deep ditches within Trench A today to make it safer for our open day (Sunday 14th) and the visit of Bulmer School on the Friday. We look forward to welcoming everyone else on site tomorrow.
Just a reminder of our open day on the afternoon of Sunday the 14th, where everyone is welcome to attend to see what we have found. It is heritage open day this weekend so come and find out about our exciting local heritage at Goldingham Hall in Bulmer.
The two ditches in Trench A being filled in.