The news in brief
Everything focuses on the Spring trench as features are excavated and finds uncovered.
Since the last update the interpretation of the archaeology has advanced considerably. Features in the Spring trench are resolving themselves into either ditches or small pits/post-holes, and we have removed most of the later deposits within the pool to reveal more of a well-built early medieval wall on its south side. A number of small iron objects have been found - the most interesting being a small knife blade from the top of the uppermost early medieval layer. Thanks to all the team for maintaining excellent progress!
The rest of the Spring trench is continuing to reveal interesting archaeology quite apart from the spring itself. We have identified an area of neat paving which has subsided into lack earth near the area of the oven, and John (one of the diggers) found an intact quernstone in the top fill of a circular pit. In addition, at the southern end of the trench we have discovered a layer which is very like the midden deposits we excavated further to the west three years ago.
Hoeing in the north-western quarter of the Spring trench is still clarifying features, which are now being revealed as a series of inter-cutting ditches and gullies, most of which seem shallow. We�ve excavated one of these ditches which turned out to be about 0.5m deep and is probably a field boundary.
Today was the first full day of finds processing. Two volunteers (Amanda and Aimee) have helped with the washing of the animal bone. At present we are up-to-date and only today�s finds are left for washing tomorrow.