Day 13 – The End is Nigh

Debbie’s Blog

I never tire of the walk up to site in the morning.  Today again the sun was shining and the track welcomed us for another day of work.


Alan, Linda and Brian continued work in the two test pits opened yesterday on the southern side of site.  These were placed a short distance from the rough stone surface in an attempt to locate where the surface ceases.  Interestingly the test pit that Linda and Brian were working in contained a decent depth of soil rather than a stone surface.  It does seem apparent that the area the north of the tents may have been cleared of stone at some point which is where these test pits are located.  We are going to take a monolith (a column sample) from the west-facing section for further analysis by our specialist.


Alan just clearing the last areas within one of the southern test pits


This is the test pit that we will take a monolith from tomorrow.  As you can see it is much deeper than any other deposit that we have seen on site so far


Alan, Brian and Linda

Meanwhile within the area of the stone surface Len finished removing an area of stones to see if any other surface was visible below.  I did not manage to check in with him at the end of the day but it did not seem any other surface was apparent within the visible  section he created.  I must say Len well done on the section as it looked great!


The stones were removed to reveal the natural

Philip finished off cleaning the north-east outer surface ready for the drone flight later in the day.


I think you have missed a bit Philip

Stephe was kept busy today around the curbed/revetment wall at the lower western end of site.  Our aim here was to collect a sample from within this area in an attempt to obtain a C14 date. He managed to obtain four 10l sample tubs worth of a sealed context.  It would be great to be able to at least give a date to this area even if we can not give a definite purpose (I am still keeping my fingers crossed though that we can solve the mystery of the Bronze Age structure).


Jeremy was working in the two test pits that were opened on the northern side of Long House Close which again had been opened yesterday for the same purpose as the southern side.   It does appear that there is still stones within this area but as to there purpose it is not certain as of yet.


Jeremy looking happy in his work

I managed to sample and complete the feature that I was working on within the area where we had obtained the Iron Age dates last year.  The sample i took of the main deposit contained large chunks of charcoal so I am hopeful.  The curved area of stones on the surface after excavation did appear to be in-situ around the top of the possible pit.  Sadly I have not got a picture at present but will add one tomorrow.

After all the survey work was completed I did the final flight with the drone.  I have to say the site looks fantastic.  Thank you for all your hard work to get the site to where it is today and I hope I see many of you tomorrow to cover it all back in (isn’t archaeology a crazy game lol. We spend two weeks digging it to just fill it back in).

I do appologise if there are any spelling mistakes or errors as I wrote this after a lovely evening of beatiful food and wine at the Cove residence.  Thank you to you both for the invation.


Fantastic job everyone.  Who would have thought we could achieve this in two weeks!

See you all tomorrow for the back filling.


P.s thought I would add a sneaky a picture of Jeremy in today 😉


Bless him, he is all worn out

Stephes Blog

Before we even started this morning we got a good example of the quality of our volunteer team.

With everyone watching, a car backed into the gate at the Parish Room. Everyone leapt to help and the driver was more concerned about the gate than the vehicle. That seems to say everything to me.

Today was a clean-up and a last ditch attempt to get to the bottom of things. Sample box after sample box was filled for OAN to find the elusive evidence once it gets to Lancaster. Everything was carefully labelled and recording and surveying went on apace with barrows and volunteers constantly standing between Debbie and the staff held by Lesley.

sample boxes

The pile of many samples ready for taking back to OAN office


Get out of the way

Brian and Linda came to an arrangement for sharing their test pit, one squatting inside while the other lounged on the end and reached in in a typically decadent Roman pose.

good knees, bad knees

Good knees, bad knees

Len lifted out all his stones into a tidy pile that had to be moved before the drone was flown over. We only moved them a short distance from the trench edge as they will all have to come back again.

where not to stack your rocks

Where not to stack your rocks

Mary came up at lunchtime for a last bit of brushing up having spent the morning ready to drive south and leave the valley behind tomorrow.

brushing up skills

Brushing up skills

The children’s test pits have been back filled and re-turfed as an example of what we will all have to be doing over the weekend.

a lesson in finishing off copy

A lesson in finishing off

It may just look like a gap in the wall but look at all those stones waiting on the bank to be resettled for the next five hundred years.

a hole in the wall

A hole in the wall

Barbara has joined the list of walking wounded having a broken collar bone after the neighbour’s dog pulled just too hard on the lead. She joins a distinguished list of those with a cast iron excuse for the weekend.

If you have no excuse and time on your hands we’ll welcome anyone who can come along to finish off the dig for us.



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