After a thorough cleaning earlier this week, Trench 1 was opened for the season.
So far, finds from Trench 1 include a lot of horse shoe nails and a single piece of copper alloy. Just yesterday, there was a large piece of corroded iron recovered from Trench 3 that Finds Supervisor Kate Clarke has tentatively identified as a door fitting. The context of these finds has been identified as medieval, possible circa. 12th century:
The horse shoe nails join an array of other horse-related finds from previous seasons, including a horse harness and horse harness pendants recovered in 2007. The finds were found on top of an interior floor surface of a medieval building close to St. Oswald’s Gate at the original entrance to the castle. Putting all of this evidence together, we can suggest that there was equestrian activity in the area during the medieval period. We aim to find out more as the season goes on.