Having organised an occasional extra day’s excavation on June 30th, such was the enthusiasm and excitement of diggers that an additional 3 days were added to Phase 2 from July13th -15th.
Concentrating once more upon Trench G26, 4 slots were opened up along the cobbled ditch feature following its length in a northerly direction. A noticeable pattern had emerged of large broken pottery vessels containing or closely associated with similar sized lengths of bone from the fore-limbs of pigs or occasionally pig jawbones. These were regularly spaced along the length of the ditch feature above or fixed within the cobbled surface.
There was evidence of burnt material associated with the finds, some still within the interior of the vessels containing the bone. All this deposition hints at some form of ritual tradition or regular ‘Pig Fests’!
In slot 1 (which contained 1st – 3rd c. pottery) was found a pierced base and much of the body of a large vessel that was reminiscent of a type of continental cheese press or drainer. On the edge of this slot there were also a large number of burnt or worked flints as well as a loom weight and the usual bone remains. This slot revealed that below the dark ditch feature there was an earlier ditch, which given the occurrence of several snails, indicated that it was an open ditch for some time, possibly being a boundary or enclosure ditch.
Slot 2 contained bone & pottery dating from 2nd – 3rd/4th c. and some interesting flints. A small piece of fine, clear glass was also found.
Slot 3 contained some interesting Iron Age pottery along with 2nd, 3rd & 4th c. pottery, including some sherds of Oxford ware.
Slot 4 showed signs of heavy burning and contained pottery dating from 1st-4th c.
On the final day, Corinne brought some replica brooches from the Romano-British period (annular, penannular & bow fibula) and demonstrated how each type were used…..unlocking for many the intricacies of these previously puzzling fasteners!
Despite extremes of weather, everyone participating enjoyed their experiences and there was a very happy atmosphere. Several new members and visitors were enthused by their first finds and have already booked places for the next phase of excavations which will take place from Friday 29th September until Monday 2nd October.
If you would like to join us, please contact Corinne to book your place : firstname.lastname@example.org New members will be sure to receive a warm welcome.