Well the end of our dig draws ever closer but that hasn’t slowed down the pace of discovery. In fact quite the reverse. In the tradition of many an excavation down the decades a phenomenon has kicked in that is sometimes known as ditch-on-the-last-day syndrome. In our case its not a ditch … but more of that later.
As yesterday was our last day of digging it was all hands to the pump to finish excavating Trench 3.
One of the first tasks was to make sure we’d taken soil samples from the fills of all of the stakeholes we’d identified in the north-west corner of the trench.
Adam Stanford of Aerial-Cam joined us to perform photographic wizardry capturing our trenches from a great height.
There was still plenty of recording to be done by hand as the team finished drawing sections and plans of all of our features (pits, tree-throws, post-holes and stakeholes) across the site.
And what of our ‘ditch-on- the- last- day’. Well on the very northern edge of Trench 3 we uncovered a slot which had a series of postholes and stakeholes cut into it. As is the way with these things it ran under the bottom of the section and into the grass.
So as we pack away our trowels we’re left to wonder – what is it? Is it a structure of some sort, or a stretch of palisade or screening, or even a house? Well the truth is we just don’t know. But one thing’s for sure – we’d like to find out. But not this year…