Monthly Archives: April 2017

SVCA   ROMANO-BRITISH EXCAVATION DAY 2

Trench C was widened towards the south east and the extent of the flint cobbled area revealed. Beyond this there is an area of compacted clay with pottery, chalk & charcoal inclusions. Several sherds of pottery were discovered at the western end of Trench C, including some fine bases and rims. A small, cut coin was discovered in this area as well.

Trench F has revealed some large flints and a few pottery sherds but it is not thought to be an extension of the cobbled flint feature in Trench C.

There were some new members of SVCA present today, who had never taken part in an archaeological excavation before, all of whom found some large sherds of pottery during the day. There were also members who had travelled all the way from Bristol and Hertfordshire to take part in this weekend’s excavations once again……..the ambience during the day was as usual, happy and friendly, participants commenting on how much they enjoy coming along to our excavations and discovering new skills in such a welcoming environment.

The sun shone and members took the opportunity to visit the beautiful Bluebell woods at the end of the day’s digging.

There are a few places available for Monday & Tuesday if any members would like to join us….contact Corinne at stourvalleyarchaeology@gmail.com

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Gestingthorpe Roman dig day 1

SVCA Romano-British Excavations 2017

DAY 1 ( Friday 28th April)

The aim of this weekend’s excavations was to continue to investigate the flint/ cobbled area in Trench C ( uncovered in 2016) to see how far & in which direction it extends. As part of this investigation we opened up a new trench F on the opposite side of the ditch B, to ascertain whether or not the ditch cut through the cobbled surface.  This seems to be the case as large flints were uncovered which appear to be on the same level as those in Trench C.

During the trowelling of this new trench, Alan Border discovered a fine bronze penannular brooch, measuring 3 cms in diameter with its swivel in place but the broken pin missing. The find of the day!!!!

Trench C is being widened in a south-easterly direction, and more sherds of pottery are being discovered above the flint layer and also packed around the flints, including a patterned piece of terracotta from a large vessel.

An excellent result for our first day of the new season!

There are still some places available for the rest of the weekend, please contact Corinne on coscox@btinternet.com if you would like to join us.

The day ended in warm sunshine with an opportunity to visit the tranquil but uplifting Bluebell woods close to our site, the location of a special open-air woodland church service at 3pm on Sunday 30th April….all will be welcomed. Our thanks to Ashley Cooper for providing us with the opportunity to investigate this Romano-British site.