Eye Eye Ian!!
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.
As it can be seen from the number of vehicles on site, it was a good turn-out this week (10 members) despite the peristent showers. We only stopped earlier than usual in the afternoon because we got rather cold.
So, making sure we were all well togged up, we continued with our testpitting, which has proved very educational. The forms, supplied by the organisation monitoring this county-wide research, were specifically designed to make it easy for the teams involved to record their findings in a way that ensures all the data conforms; thus when it's eventually entered onto a database for analysis, it will be easier for the analysts to obtain clear picture of the total findings.
Meanwhile, in Tina's absence, Adrian and Karl and his dog (who didn't mow a meadow) continued with the metal detecting and found these lovely specimins.
As can be seen by this image on a Queen Victorian penny. Those of us old enough to have spent old pennies (and not necessarily in the loo!) will remember that they were often so frequently handled over the decades that the image got rubbed away. But the image on this coin is so crisp by comparison.
It was a warm dry day in the orchard site with six members present, including a new member, Julie. We also welcomed back Adrian, slowly recovering from his knee operation, the team continued with their test-pitting. In Context 03 of Test pit 09 (above) and covered in grey and red clay was found what appeared to be bedrock.
Test pit 10 being prepared for excavation.
The collection of contents from Context 2 in test pit 10, where we understood there might be a cottage.
Due to heavy rain forecast this week any excavation was cancelled. (As it turned out it wasn't too bad at all!)
Even so two brave souls Liz R and Terry went to the site where they weighed and counted 90% of the finds dug up from the ten test pits.(Thanks to Liz for her assistance.)
Northwag were donated five more chairs and a table, so thanks to TC for collecting and transporting them to the shed.
With no dig photographs being available this week pictures of the mysterious rocks from Test Pit 9 (all found in context 3) have been posted here instead.
This lump of conglomerate was found at the very top of HO19/09 context 3. It looks like a possible mixture of broken fragments of brick and tile.
This interesting lump, again from Test Pit 3, was found sitting on the bedrock. A local geologist thinks it is possibly Silurian, probably Aymerstrey or the Much Wenlock area and approx 419 to 425 Million years old. Note all the fossils!
Here you can see the third rock, again from context 3. It's a representative sample that was deliberately hammered off the bedrock found in the Test Pit's base and shown the local geologist. He think this is a typical example of Sidmouth Mudstone. Note the number of fossils.
The fourth rock this was found in Test Pit HO-09 just above the bedrock floor. This one mystified even the geologists!
They are considering re-excavating our testpit.