Trench One, signing off.

Trench 1 Dictators (pardon me… supervisors) Alex and Jess

Good god, it’s almost at the end of another season in T1. This year has been one of the most challenging I can remember, with the weather not only making the archaeology more difficult, but also turning the campsite into a swamp!I think it’s fair to say that I had hoped to get more done this year than we actually did. BUT (and it’s a but that justifies its capital letters), the work we did manage to do has been pretty important, and answers a number of questions we had about the trench (I think we’ll skip the questions it’s raised for now!).

Constance supervising work in T1

From the beginning of the season, our main objective has been to better understand the timber and stone buildings in the trench, how they interact with other and the rest of the trench. In this respect, I think we’ve succeeded, despite the now notorious ability of T1 to throw in anomalous features at every possible opportunity.

Contemplating the confusing archaeology of Trench 1

For example, to determine which of our main buildings came first, stone or timber, we wanted to excavate in the NE corner of the trench where the two intersect, to see which building was cutting the other. However, after the first trench clean of the season, it became clear that there was a large pit, cut straight through this relationship.Grrrr.

Amy excavating the unfortunately placed pit

Thankfully, there was enough of the two buildings left in the pit edges for us to pretty much say for sure that the timber building comes first.

We’ve also just finished excavating the slot for the SE wall of the timber building. At least until it’s cut by another feature. Which is also cutting the rubble foundations for another building. Of course.

Supervisor Alex and students excavating the slot for the SE wall of the timber building

With the end of the season fast approaching, our work will be focused on the excavation of a sondage along the whole eastern edge of the trench, allowing us to construct a drystone wall to keep the section intact over the winter.

Liam cleaning along the east wall of the trench.

Sue cleaning the ditch(1316) in the middle of T1. (Note the partial stone wall in the background, which we aim to continue)

Finally, a whole trench plan and, weather permitting, an aerial trench photograph from our friends at Horizon AP.

And that’ll  be us done for another season. We’ve had a great bunch of students, some fascinating archaeology and a family of kestrels now calls T1 home. It’s been a good year, let’s face it.  A massive thank you to T1 Ass-sup Jess for doing an amazing job this year, and as always to the students who make T1 the people’s republic that it is.

Trench 1 Uniform. T-shirts are for sale.

All Hail Trench One!

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