We were back to Test Pitting again today after our Easter break. It was a fine day until about 1o'clock when it started to rain lightly. Even so, as the weather the previous week had been unusually hot it baked the clay at the bottom of each pit, as seen below, making it hard to work.

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Test Pit 04 prior to being back-filled.

Once our findings had been recorded on Context sheets, the next thing to do was back-filled them. 


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Excavation of Test Pit 05 in progress


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A selection of finds from Metal Detecting the general area.

After Lunch, and with the promise of Area 1 and 2 having its grass cut, the group moved to Area 3, where the possible house platform is located. As further practice, Sam and Keith measured out and chose their own location for another Test Pit right on the edge of the raise platform. It will be interesting to see if they find anything relating to a domestic dwelling. Meanwhile other members trimmed back the undergrowth to permit easier access to the field.

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Test Pit 08 in Area 3 was measured and marked out before deturfing.

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Another good turnout of members to help clean, weigh and record the finds. Some of these were the most recently excavated from Winnall Mill Machine Room, the lowest floor of the Mill House, where a good collection of mostly domestic items, were uncovered last season. Having larger storage areas is a great help as it allows for better organisation of the finds that we need to store for quite a while - a requirement of any other archaeology team working on both current and previous projects.  


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Today was also another opportunity to look at some other finds, like those from a previous fieldwalk that Liz and Jenny are seen sorting and rebagging below.  It is hoped that some of our new members, of whom there are two currently studying theoretical archaeology, find that handling these artefacts and learning about the context in which they were originally found will help to give them a better understanding of what to look out for during excavation when they eventually do it later in the year, when the digging season starts up again.  






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 Far too wet today to work outside so we were forced to stay indoors. We took the opportunity to clean and examine the finds from our recenttestpitting sessions. Ian brought along his large magnifying glass just to make sure we could examine everything in fine detail!


Finds from The Orchard site getting a good wash.

As far as we understand the portion of site we were working on has remained unoccupied over the years, so the finds from there probablyrepresent only the deposit and spread of domestic, post-medieval items. This would be similar to what one might find whilst field-walking.



Newsletter for Wednesday April10th 2019


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Find of the day, uncovered by one of our metal detectorist Tina.


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