The final excavation of this phase of SVCA’s explorations at Goldingham Hall got underway yesterday, Friday 11 September. The archaeological aims of this three-day excavation are to fill in a few missing pieces so that the report from the last three years can be completed. Thanks to a £1500 grant from Braintree District Council’s Mi-Community Initiative, we are once again able to have professional archaeologists on site to guide us through the complicated nature of this fascinating site. Thanks so much to Cat Ranson and John Newman from Access Cambridge Archaeology for their wisdom and guidance!
To that end, the focus is on a few key areas. The bulk between previous trenches D and F, creating MEGA trench DF (doughnut Friday), has been removed as well as a slight extension. Trench E has a few, complicated, possibly prehistoric features to explore. New Trench G has been opened based on Tim Dennis’ (and the brave assistants who stood out in the harsh March weather) magnetometry survey to explore one, seemingly isolated linear feature.
The majority of yesterday was spent cleaning back and tidying up the new and old areas to get a clearer view of what’s happening. The MEGA trench revealed a series of smaller postholes as well as a small area rich in 12th century pottery and food waste.
Trench G revealed the linear feature and is now having a metre section cut through it. It includes an area of burning and has revealed mostly bone and burnt clay, but has also produced 11th century pottery.
Trench E is incredibly confusing and had us all scratching our heads yesterday. There are several features happening all on top of each other and we believe some of these to be natural, perhaps glacial features. More will be revealed today.
A big thank you must go to Jane, from Travels in Time Archaeology,mand Corinne and Phil for supporting and engaging the 33 pupils from Bulmer Primary School who came out yesterday afternoon to try their hand at archaeological practice, tying in with their Anglo-Saxon curriculum theme.