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.
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!
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!
This year’s AGM will be held at Lavenham village Hall/ Library on Friday 16th March, 7pm for 7.30pm.
The talk will be about Spong Hill and the Anglo-Saxon migration to Britain
by Dr Catherine Hills
”They came from three of the strongest tribes in Germany, the Angles, Saxons and Jutes.” This apparently simple statement by the Venerable Bede in the eighth century has been debated for centuries. Are the English descended from invading Germans, unlike the truly British Welsh, Scots and Irish? Or, were there just a few chieftains with their warbands? Archaeological evidence has been used to answer this question in both directions. In this lecture the finds from a large fifth-century cemetery at Spong Hill, North Elmham, Norfolk, will be discussed in the context of this debate.
Dr Catherine Hills has researched and taught the archaeology of early medieval Europe for many years. She directed the excavations at Spong Hill in the 1970s, presented archaeology programmes on channel 4 in the 1980s and was a lecturer at Cambridge University from 1977 to her retirement in 2014.