The news in brief
The Hot Spot Trench is wrapped up (see photograph), and Evan is inundated by finds as the team move on to clearing out an early medieval midden.
We are gradually getting through the early medieval deposits of the spring. So far, they have produced a large quantity of animal bone, some small fragments of iron (including two knife blades) and a small lead weight (found today). All the silt is being bagged up so that it can be wet sieved in the finds processing area. Unfortunately, the southern wall of the spring now shows clear signs of having been damaged by a more recent cut (possibly machine dug).
I've spent the last couple of days overseeing the removal of midden layers towards the southern end of the trench. These layers built up as early medieval people disposed of rubbish, and they generally contain large quantity of animal bone, giving good evidence for what the inhabitants of the enclosure ate, and keeping Evan and his find processing team busy!.
After a couple of days without rain the site was extremely dry making it hard to see the more subtle soil features. As a result I put a few people to work yesterday to help Mark Lodwick remove the midden material from the southern end of the site. Then, at the end of the day, the site was brushed, in anticipation of rain during the night, and this proved to be a good move as heavy rain showed up the features very well this morning. Today the emphasis is on looking at some of these features, including further sections through the shallow gullies on the western side of the site, investigating one or two of the postholes near the northern edge of the trench and doing some more work around the oven. As a result, evidence of a couple of phases of drainage ditch, circling the north side of the oven have now been found.
Animal bone flows in for finds processing - by the bucket load in the case of the midden deposits in the Spring Trench. We are just about keeping up with washing it all but at the expense of not starting wet sieving the material that Mark Redknap is digging out from the spring itself.