SVCA were invited to join the Dedham Vale AONB on their stall at the Hadleigh show. We had a fantastic day talking about archaeology to visitors and handing out membership forms. There was also a mini dig for children to enjoy.
Yesterday’s digging – in complete contrast to last week’s – took place under clear blue skies and in 23ºC.
The southern area of G26 was extended further and small quantities of pottery and flint were found there. The slot in the northern part of G26 was widened and extended in a southerly direction, small pieces of Iron age pottery were uncovered. Our aim is to find out how far the dark area in the southern end extends and if it reaches the northern area.
Star find was the blackened remains of a leaf in an undisturbed layer of clay within the northern part of G26.
Despite disappointing weather we decided to return to Trench G26 today in order to further investigate the north and south ends and the possible curvature of the black area already identified.
The southern area was further taken back in a southerly direction. Pottery was found in association with black charcoal and ash. Some pottery was associated with the flint area, flints being embedded around the pottery. Soil samples were taken and the pottery finds included some large black rims.
In the northern area finds included a small fragment of glass, a piece of wood – associated with charcoal deposits – and degraded terracotta pottery. The north western corner contained some flint microliths and discards.
Rain stopped us from digging today. Luckily nothing dampens the enthusiasm of SVCA members and we spent a happy day sorting and classifying pottery from 2016-2017.
Working in pairs we identified and recorded our finds, using the opportunity to learn about Romano British pottery. Hopefully the rain will hold off tomorrow and we’ll be able to do some digging.
Jacqui Reynolds and Peter Nice, a star team!
It’s always fun to find two, three and even four pieces of pottery that fit together!
The next planned excavations will be over 3 days…..Saturday April 28th, Sunday April 29th ( there will be an opportunity to visit the Bluebell Woods and/or attend the outdoor Bluebell Sunday open-air church service during the afternoon) and Monday 30th April. There are still a few places left for those who have not yet booked to take part.
Day 2 of this season’s excavations saw a change of plans……due to the heavy rain of recent days the site was too waterlogged to enable us to undertake any fieldwork so a very useful morning was spent by members in cataloguing and processing the pottery finds from last autumn. The morning was enjoyed by all, some wanted to stay even longer and have asked for more such sessions to be arranged. Dates will be advised later.
The 2018 season of SVCA excavations saw us return to Hill Farm, Gestingthorpe where we re-visited Trench A of the Old Barn Field site. On this occasion a new slot was opened up at right angles to the original slot opened in the autumn of 2017. More evidence of the extent of the ditch feature was revealed and more pottery sherds discovered in the dark ash fill area. One group of sherds proved to be part of the same large vessel. New members took part in this day’s excavation and were well rewarded with finds, boosting their confidence in their newly acquired skills!
Stour Valley Education Network have lots of great events planned for Spring and Summer 2018, have a look at the 2018 leaflet to find out more
Clare Castle Country Park is celebrating the acquisition of £1.5 million in HLF grant funding. Some of the funds will be used for community based archaeological work.
Read more in the Suffolk Free Press
Some of us enjoyed messy days in 2016 adding wattle and daub to this Anglo Saxon watermill. Now it’s got a roof and once the scaffolding is down and lime wash added it’ll be time to grind some wheat! What a fantastic project!