A very bracing day on site, but at least it did not rain.
We are racing to finish the remaining trenches that we have open before we have to vacate the site at ...the end of the month.
We have exposed the wall running off the southern side of building six. This was tough going as the ground here is exceedingly hard and dry despite recent rain.
In the next trench, we were expecting to see the same wall emerge, but as can be seen from the image on Friday, there is a spread of stones where the wall should be. However these are not building stones that have been in a wall but natural stone that has been dug out and discarded. By the end of Sunday the only thing that we knew for sure was that we did not have a continuation of the wall in the trench, seen here in the second pic.
In the other trench we have been working hard to sort out what is happening with this feature. It appears to be a depression that has been filled with later material. It is possible that it is the road surface seen in the previous trench that has slumped and then been filled in.
Before we leave the site we are hoping to get some survey work done which might help us interpret some of the features that we are seeing.
Don't forget our next meeting on Friday, 10th November! The talk will be 'The Roman Site at East Farleigh' by Stephen Clifton. Refreshments will be available - ...we hope to see you there! New members are always welcome too; come and see what we're about! We're at the Maidstone Community Support Centre, Marsham Street, Maidstone from 7.30pm until 9.15pm.
A bright autumn day and a lot of hard work meant that we were able to achieve most of our goals for the day. Time appears to be running out for us on site this ...year as we are intending to start the backfilling process next week to protect the building from the frost. We were able to get possibly the last pic of the building from the scaffold tower.
We cleaned the building ready for a final photo whilst racing to excavate a late feature that has appeared in the entrance on the eastern side of the building. This now appears to be a large feature, possibly a ditch, filled with stones to consolidate the ground in anticipation of the building above it.
A blustery autumn day, yet crucially rain free, allowing us to make good progress.
Where we had previously found what appears to be a quick lime kiln we have no...w found further evidence of heat and burning along with the remnants of a metalled surface. Unfortunately these features all continue outside of the trench.
In the trench over building six, after cleaning the area of surfacing to the west of the entrance, we confirmed that the surface is present but does not appear to extend to the north. And we have extended the trench to the east to confirm the line of the track there. In the centre we have exposed some early features, yet to be identified, that are underneath the flooring of the building.
A lovely warm day for mid October allowed us to make further progress in all trenches.
In the main trench over building six we exposed a gulley and post hole in... the south western corner, and in the process identifyed another small post hole nearby.
On the other side of this trench we removed the top metalled surface to see how far the mortar spread extended and were rewarded with the discovery of another void which could be a post hole and the knowledge that the mortar layer peters out.
These photos show a lovely Kentish farmhouse, with a number of clear phases. The trouble is, no one can be sure where it is, or if it is still there. There has ...been some lively debate on the Canterbury site, but I want to widen the search area. One suggestion made is that this house was in Barham but, alas, has now gone, but that is far from certain. I hope it is still there and been renovated. It's so lovely.
A glorious September day meant that we made good progress digging, but the photography was compromised by the bright sunshine.
We have now started work on the l...ast of the machine prepared trenches, trench 17H, which should give us another look at the drainage ditch running uphill to the south.
In the main trench over building six we are making good progress extending to the east where we are starting to see the metalled surface appearing, confirming that there does seem to be a wide access-way from the east. And we have also started removing the last of the overburden from our barrow run in the south eastern corner.
The star find was another nice piece of decorated Samian, very close to where the other pieces were found.
If you have been eagerly awaiting blog updates recently and are frustrated that they are taking a long time to appear, I apologise that we appear to be reaching the limits that our community site can handle. We will try and find a way to improve the way that the site works.
Perfect weather for photography today, cloudy sky but dry and still, we took advantage to get a good overview of building six from the scaffold tower.
Elsewhere both trenches are making good progress,
revealing more of what looks like a small lime mortar kiln in the central trench, 17F.