Trench 3 Update

This week in trench three has seen the clean-up operation following the week of disturbance caused by Time Team. We have spent a number of days recording the archaeology by drawing plans and writing context sheets. This has been particularly important in recording the area of Hope-Taylor’s cutting A, as we are hoping to protect this area from any further erosion.

An exciting discovery has been made as we removed the hearth/setting which was in the Southern end of the trench, beneath this was discovered a linear stone feature which may represent the perpendicular structural alignment associated with the packing stone feature [3290]. This structure has therefore been given a group structural number of [3313]. Within this structure it seems we have a series of burning deports which have spilled out of a gap in the stones on the Western edge, suggesting that this is an entrance. There also appears to be an internal division between this square space and a similarly sized square space to the south which was filled in the corners by a clay-like material (3272). This area also has a well-worn patch which may signify a trampled entrance. If this is the case we may be looking at a late Anglo-Saxon/Early Medieval structure, as two square rooms in a building is a common way of building in these periods. It seems that these structures are however temporary ones constructed for housing industrial activity.

The sondage which was dug into the centre of Trench three has yielded very little information so far – while we have observed that the pathway continues into this sondage, the associated features which are clearly there due to their inclusions, elude our detection at present. A number of finds have come from this area, but we have not had any further pieces of the carved stone which was discovered last week (as detailed in last week’s report).

It is hoped that the last week will see us complete our recording of these structures and remove some of the external construction features as well as investigating the internal space. We also intend to further extend the sondage in order that we discover the nature and relationships between these features.

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