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Goldingham Hall Dig (May 2015) Day 5

Photographing and clean up

Today a few members helped to record the trenches with a total station and also photography. This was carried out by Dr Tim Dennis, who was assisted by Jon Oldham, Dave Williams and Aldous Rees.
Corinne and Phil Cox attended and spent the morning cleaning the tea shed and packing away finds and sorting equipment. Thanks to all those who were able to attend today. 

Once today’s photos have been processed and amalgamated they will follow in a future blog. 

    
The total station being used to record trenches

  
Tim’s camera contraption, a.k.a. the pole cam, in use 

The Goldingham field is littered with struck flint with a wide range of flakes and scrapers being picked up again today. It just goes to show what you can find with a little bit of knowledge. Tim was able to help identify these which further shows that our site has been in use for several millennia. 

    
Flint items picked up across the field 

The flint area found last year was examined on the last day again. It is possible that this could be a wall or a cobbled floor. It has a lot of chalk and burnt clay around the flints. 
  
Cobbled area possible wall or floor

The oven and the long-awaited stoke hole is such a nice find that I thought it was important to share another image, see below.
  
The Oven and stoke hole 

The open day yesterday was once again a great event with about 40 people visiting the site. Many of these people left enthusiastic and nice comments, some of which will appear in a future blog. People attended from far and wide including Norfolk, Ipswich, Tulbury Juxta Clare and Belchamp St Paul. The success of SVCA is spreading! 

Goldingham Hall Dig (May 2015) Day 4

Day 4 as reported by Aldous:

Today was a highly successful day and despite the rain and drizzle was completed with great enthusiasm by all. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who dug over the last four days. 

Today a few features were completed and all the sections and planning were completed. 

In trench E the possible prehistoric pit was bottomed and some more nice flint blades came out. A vast quantity of bone was also present including fish bones. 
In trench F all of the planning was completed and a few pits and ditches were completed. 

A very important and potentially significant find was found at Goldingham over the last few days. In the linear ditch feature which had a black fill in trench E a brick was found. This brick is narrow and different from Roman and medieval bricks. We were lucky to have a visit from local historian and brick expert Peter Minter who identified this brick as possibly Saxon. The Saxon period is not known for bricks, but research carried out by Peter Minter suggests they did exist; this research is ongoing. He brought some examples along from local churches which are known to have Saxon elements to them. See the images below; the brick on the right is from Goldingham. The reference bricks were from Little Yeldham and East Bergholt. This once again shows the importance of this site. 

   Peter Minter

  

 

Close up of bricks

The stoke hole from Trench A which had the ovens was found and drawn. This is a significant find and it seems to face the prevailing wind.
  
Peter Nice cleaning the oven trench

The open day was also a great success and the weather did not stop people from visiting the site. Chris Moulten demonstrated with the help of Ben Crone the use of a coracle on the pond. The coracle was made by Gestingthorpe History Group.

  
Display boards in the “tea shed”

  
Carenza and SVCA members discussing Trench E.

Tim Dennis will come tomorrow to photograph the site. He visited the site over the weekend and found a number of knapped flint pieces across the site. This is indicative of the prehistoric past of the area. 
  
Image of worked flints

Once again SVCA are grateful to Ashley Cooper for allowing us to return to the site and providing facilities to shelter from the rain. Thanks also to Cat and Carenza from ACA for all the support and advice over the last few days and also John Newman who was a great addition to the supervisory team. His expertise and pottery knowledge was invaluable. 

Goldingham continues to surprise and deliver great archaeology and I am sure we will see many of you again when we return to this great site in September.