After a lot of trial and even more error, our website has been updated and moved to a new server. There are no doubt a few glitches and wrinkles, but thanks to a splendid man at 1and1 it looks like we are up and running again.
Many thanks for all your patience.
Fine weather accompanied hard work in all trenches today.
We continued to extend the trench over building six to the east, exposing the demolition layer and mak...ing a good start removing it. And in the latest trench splendid work was done digging out a feature in the south west corner. Finds were few today but we did find another nice piece of decorated Samian which looks as though it was a companion piece to a shard that we found last week from the same context, showing signs of having been repaired.
Next week will be the last week that the site will be open on Wednesday and Thursday.
Right everyone. I need the power of Facebook to do its thing. Found this WW1 medal and want to get it returned to a relative of its owner. Not sure how these things work but can we share it as much as possible. The surname is Ladell and looks like 14 London Regt. Thanks everyone.
A dry day after yesterday's rain meant a productive day on site today.
We concentrated mainly on the new trench, where the extra attention is starting to pay o...ff, showing the features at the western end more clearly. There are a lot of stone and roof tile fragments indicating that there maybe some structures nearby. Star finds from this trench were some nice pieces of decorated Samian pottery which we have not seen very much on this site, and suggest a 1st/2nd century context.
A great deal of hard work has been put into building six over the last few days revealing a number of interesting features. We can now see what looks like the continuation of the central wall heading north away from the building, and also the hint of another wall foundation heading east.
We have also uncovered the foundations of another infill structure between the north wall and the central wall, similar to that seen on the southern side. These could have been stone benches perhaps?
In the doorway we have uncovered more of a stone lined structure, possibly a drain, that is in line with the linear feature running through the centre of the building.
Underneath a final layer of soil and stones we have found a number of post holes dug into the natural ragstone. The style and fill of these echo the large hole in the centre of the building. These holes now appear to be post holes related to a structure that pre-dates the building that sits over it. The few finds that have emerged from these features suggest that they are Roman in origin.
Elsewhere, we thought that we were excavating a substantial ditch, however what is now emerging is a section of metalled surface that stops abruptly, with no obvious sides, just occupation layers running under the surface. This is now looking more like it could be a road surface, especially given the slope which could be part of a camber.
A good turn out and dry weather meant we got a lot done today.
The feature at the centre of building six is continuing to baffle whilst it gets deeper. We have ...just about managed to remove all of the loose soil, however the circular feature seems to contain stones that are running off under the walls and floor of the building, suggesting that it was an earlier feature than the building.
After more cleaning around the outside of the building we have revealed what might be two additional walls running off to the north and east into the baulks where we are unlikely to follow.
A four digger team started a new trench to the south of our other trenches and quickly established an interesting feature in the western half that we will have to investigate further.
Star find from Friday was a nice piece of stamped Samian pottery which is tentatively identified as the base of a platter (Dragendorff 18/31) and was made in the 2nd century by a potter named Bellicus who worked in Lezoux, central Gaul. (Thanks to Elizabeth for the research).
For the next two or three weeks I will be on site on Wednesdays and Thursdays as well as the usual Friday and Sunday catching up with the recording, so if anyone would like to come along on those days you are very welcome.
A team of scientists and art historians has been attempting to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding the Black Prince’s tomb. In this short video you can fi...nd out what they were up to and what they are hoping to discover.
This investigation is one of a number of research papers and talks that are being prepared for The Black Prince: Man, Mortality & Myth conference on 16 and 17 November 2017. You can find out more about the conference here: https://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/…/blackprinceconferen…/
There will also be a free #YoungFutures conference in the build up to the event for 16-25 year olds. For more information visit: https://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/…/ev…/youngfutures2017/
An alternative view of history.
Another productive day that just managed to stay dry for the duration. Great work was done exposing more of the compacted surface to the west of the building, w...hich looks very much like a rough surface made up of broken tile and small stones with several large areas of natural bedrock protruding.
The central feature cut through the centre of the building now looks much more regular and deliberate, rather than being the product of water run-off, and there has also been revealed a narrow channel with some burning associated with it, and at the centre is what appears to be some sort of ritual deposit dug into the centre of the building containing a large stone.
Star find was a ring key. These were often for Jewellery boxes and were a sign of affluence. Many were produced which did not open anything and were merely there to confer a false impression of wealth on the wearer. From the small size of this one it is clear that the wearer was likely to be a woman or child.