Newsletter 2021-06-23 Hillgrove
Today T05, the Test-Pit near the Northern boundary, with its deeper sondage in one corner, was completed and closed. Sadly it yielded few more finds. Before it was filled in each section was drawn on grids. Ian & Sam’s were then relocated to open T15 further east on the same slope.
After a week’s break, Murray returned to T06 and took it down to context 003 but with no more finds. Roger took T07 down to context 003, having found a nice piece of pot on the way there last week.
After reviewing the latter, Murray seemed to think that the pot, although quite coarse and hand thrown, was more likely to come from a later Medieval period.
All of the Test-Pits so far have told a similar story. They all contained reddish sandy soil after the initial topsoil, most had charcoal inclusions and towards the bottom the soil became more clayish.
In the meantime, Murray forwarded Roger's photo of the flint found earlier in the month to his colleague Caroline Rosen, who’s a specialist in prehistoric lithic technology. These were her comments:
When zooming in the pic is a bit blurry but I would say that it is just a piece of ‘misc. debitage’. It is certainly broken (probably in two places) and it looks like they have the distal end of a flake. It could very well have come from a blade, but it is hard to tell so it should just be automatically classified as a broken flake. The distal end (where the thickness feathers out) seems to have edge-damage; this could be post-depositional or through expedient use (hard to tell from the photo).
This means it cannot be dated any more closely that 'later prehistoric', ie. Neolithic to Bronze Age....probably!