Today started with Josh (Dr Josh Pollard) and Mark (Dr Mark Gillings) planning in Trench 3 ahead of investigating the areas that we suspect may contain features. We draw plans of areas using small grids to ensure we record everything accurately. This compliments photography and is a big help in our interpretation of the site when we get to the post-excavation stage.
In Trench 2 meanwhile the team’s hard digging in our 1metre squares resulted in another aesthetically pleasing chequer board, with soil samples being taken for chemical analysis.
In the afternoon we started to explore some of the areas that we think may contain features. The signs are promising. Ros confirmed that some of the pottery that we found is Mortlake style Peterborough Ware and this lovely flint scraper came to light.
We pressed Ros into service again to take a look at some of the pottery found early in the excavation – starting with this lovely rim sherd of Ebbsfleet style Peterborough Ware Pottery.
Do you remember that sherd of pottery we found on Day 7 we thought might be Beaker? So what was Ros’ verdict? Well, its not Beaker at all and may well be later prehistoric in date. And that’s why we have an expert in Neolithic and Bronze Age pottery on the team.
And finally we were joined by our National Trust, Assistant Director Operations Ian Wilson today. Ian has a dark secret – he started life as an archaeologist and he still wields a mean trowel.