Wednesday, 3 February 2010

On Your Mark's, Get Set........Dig

Monday morning saw the return of the Worcester Archaeology Team to continue the assessment for the COSMIC trial. Gordon was pressed into service on the frosty ground to dig a series of trenches over known archaeology. We know where the archaeology is from aerial photographs, finds and latterly through soil scanning. The scanning could pick out all sorts of trackways, bund's and ditches, very interesting stuff, honestly it was. The team on the ground, lead by Darren, soon swooped in, after Gordon had made the delicate slices with the CAT bucket and armed with trowels, shovels, hoes and plastic bags they started cleaning the scrape and assessing the slight changes in soil colour indicating where these pre-Roman features were once a hive of activity.

On this site we found an old ditch and bank used as a livestock coral to keep the stock contained within and the wild predators out. Adjacent to this feature was a small pit where iron-age man would have dug the soil to find gravel, which would have been washed off and used as floor material in the nearby mud huts. These pits would then have been filled in with the loose material and other items of waste. Another site uncovered a trackway high up on Bredon Hill, a route that people, oxen and carts would have used as they crossed from settlement to settlement. More digging is anticipated either when the soil dries out a little or we get more frosty weather.
A lovely sunset from the top of Bredon Hill taken a few weeks ago showing the lone ash.

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