SPEX 2013 – Days 5 to 7 – ‘A trench of two halves’

Over the past couple of days the site has really begun to take shape. Our investigations of the structure in the northern part of the trench are nearly completed. We have revealed a barn-like building with substantial drystone walls. The ends of the walls are accompanied by post pads, made of small pieces of pitched limestone, which presumably supported a timber superstructure.

The team at work excavating and recording the structure in the northern part of the trench.

The team at work excavating and recording the structure in the northern part of the trench.

A really good clean of the area to the south of the building has shown up a complex network of pits, ditches and small gullies. We have just begun to tackle these, which may take some unpicking, especially to establish the order in which these features were made and used in the past. My suspicion, and hope, is that these features will not only help us understand the purpose of the building to the north, but also provide insights into what was happening on this site before the Roman period.

Lizzie, Janice and Jane busy cleaning the archaeology in the southern end of the trench.

Lizzie, Janice and Jane busy cleaning the archaeology in the southern end of the trench.

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