Its a quiet Saturday in the castle. The new features exposed in Trench 3 are being planned, and with a little time to spare the author is working on the Trench 3 matrix. This brings to mind the fact that we have a stratigraphic puzzle to solve regarding the new stone structure and its relationship to the newly traced timber hall. Which came first? A look through what we have of Brian Hope-Taylor’s photographs has not helped. There is no sign of such a stone structure, nor of the construction cut for the timber building. Yet one certainly, and the other probably, passed through the northern part of his main excavation. This may well reflect on the partial survival of his archive, as it is unlikely he missed them. It seems it will be down to us to resolve this within our own excavation area. Watch this space next week.