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.

Aerial Photography Day 11th Febraury

A follow up Aerial Photography course was attended today by 8 members of SVCA.  Whilst some had been on the previous course, several of us were new to the subject.  We were primed to download the required free software onto our laptops.  The morning was spent looking at examples of aerial photography and considering the reasons for and uses of a mapping programme.  It was agreed that it would be useful to survey any areas where we were intending to fieldwalk or excavate.  We were given a demonstration of how to use the programme to overlay an aerial photo containing crop marks onto a map of the same area.  Our tutor Roger Green was very patient with us and by the end of the afternoon all had achieved this, some more swiftly than others!