Goldingham Hall Day Two September 2015

Well, we were blessed with another beautiful day to dig at Goldingham Hall. Overall, it was a good day of archaeology, albeit a slow one, but finds and features can’t be rushed. A lot of jobs were completed, including loads of planning and drawing.

Trench E has been totally completed, but has provided at least one early sherd of crudely-made pottery (which has been sparse at this part of the site) to date the larger feature.

Crudely-made pot from Trench E
Crudely-made pot from Trench E

Trench G has identified the rather steep sides of their ditch feature and are nearing the bottom, and it appears that there are two separate fills.

Defining the ditch edges at G
Defining the ditch edges at G

MEGA Trench DF was a hive of activity. The newly opened small extension appears to have multiple pits sited on the earlier ditch; these will be sectioned today. Loads of pottery, bones and shells keep coming up, but also one shard of curved, delicate green glass with incised decoration. Could this hint at high status activity happening at Goldingham?Elsewhere in DF other postholes and pit features were photographed and recorded.

Green glass from DF
Green glass from DF
Pit feature at DF extension
Pit feature at DF extension

Thanks to Dr Tim Dennis who came out to visit and helped us plot in a few extra measurements. Ashley was also busy with the GPS and measuring tape plotting in his test pit finds from 20 years ago to join the final report.

Tim and Aldous discuss trigonometry
Tim and Aldous discuss trigonometry

We’ll finish off all our administrative jobs today, get started with the finds processing (thanks Julie and Jill!) and have a look at future sites for excavation, including the flint platform near the Belchamp Brook.

Julie and Jill, our exuberant finds washers
Julie and Jill, our exuberant finds washers
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