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Update 8

September 3

The spring area
The spring area
The spring area
The spring area
Southern area of the Spring trench
Southern area of the Spring trench, showing the black midden deposits
Some of the excavated features in the Spring trench
Some of the excavated features in the Spring trench
One of the many buckets of bones
One of the many buckets of bones excavated from the midden deposits (with Amanda)
Excavation of the deposits around the top of the spring
Excavation of the deposits around the top of the spring

The news in brief

More discoveries from the spring and the midden continues to overwhelm the team with finds.

Mark Redknap

Each day in the spring brings new discoveries. Today we dug several slit trenches to confirm that the upper kerb stones on the north side had slipped into the silts of the pool. The original pool edge lay about a metre behind them in the north-west corner. Waterlogged silts in this area have been found full of organic debris, including some wood and plant stems.

Mark Lodwick

Work has continued identifying and excavating the series of shallow gullies, whose function - we presume - is to divert ground water away from features such as the oven. Today we reached the bottom of the midden deposits in one area and discovered a buried soil beneath.


Two more trenches have been started to look at the midden deposits - at the western side of the main Spring trench, and we'll be examining these over the next day or two. A section has also been started in the middle of the south side of the trench. Otherwise work has concentrated in the oven area to sort out the surrounding ditches and to look for signs of a structure.


Animal bone still flows in by the bucket full from the midden. With the start of the final week one can only hope for good drying weather so that all that has been and will be washed is ready for bagging up by Friday.

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