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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.  


jennie and lizzie

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.  




Newsletter for Wednesday April10th 2019


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


TP mod car







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.


Fran Liz and Ian

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. 



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Meanwhile, in Tina's absence, Adrian and Karl and his dog didn't mow a meadow but continued with the metal detecting and found these lovely specimins.

Victoria 1832

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.

News from Wednesday 12th June 2019.

Due to the expected heavy this weeks excavations were cancelled, as it turned out it wasnt to bad.

Two brave souls Liz R and TC did go to the site and thanks to Liz for her assitance, we weighed, counted 90% of the finds dug up from the ten test pits.

We have been given five more chairs and a table for free, thanks to TC for collecting and delivering them to the shed.

Due to no digging photogrphs being available this week, we have posted some of the pictures taken of the mystry rocks found in Test Pit 9, all context 3.

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This lump of conglomerate found at the very top of HO19/09 context 3, looks like a mixture of broken fragments of brick and tile?


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This interesting lump again Test Pit 3, sitting on the bedrock. Local geologist thinks its possibly Silurian, probably Aymerstrey or Much Wenlock area.

approx 419 to 425 Million years old. WOW. look at all those fosills.


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Here we have rock 3, again context 3 this time this section was hammered off the bed rock as a sample of the base of the Test Pit prior to backfilling.

Local geologist think this is our typical Sidmouth Mudstone again look at the amount of fossils.


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Finally rock number 4, this was found in Test Pit HO-09.just above the bedrock floor. another mystery for the geologists.

Geologists are thinking of re excavating our test pit, watch this space.

PS will all members coming to site next week please bring some dry weather with sunshine.