Does everyone have steel toecaps on?

It was dry all day today to welcome Olaf and Megan back to site. We have had a very productive day on site C. Jas, Alex and Olaf have been cleaning up the surface on the inside of the enclosure ditch to look for possible features there and finding lots of  very fine worked chert and flint in the process. There is also a strange patch of very light coloured sediment (visible underneath Jas’s mattock in the photo) which may be a large feature or perhaps traces of an old turf-line buried by later sediments.

In the ditch itself we have been removing the primary rubble. The rock-cut base of the ditch is now showing up very clearly, although as the limestone is very crumbly it is a bit of a tricky task finding exactly the point at which the prehistoric ditch ended and the undisturbed bedrock begins.

The primary rubble included some very large chunks of limestone indeed.

Lancashire’s strongest man: Alex, Simon, Olaf and Karl demonstrating their technique with the atlas stones. All that is missing is John Inverdale on commentary and expert summary from Geoff Capes.

Notice I am safely behind the camera while all this is going on: like the Fat Controller, my doctor has forbidden me to push.

On site D things are a bit more sedate. Danny has finished digging out half of this large posthole and is now recording it by drawing a cross-section and plan and by completing a context record sheet for each separate event he can identify within the archaeology.

Meanwhile Ella is slightly further on with recording the central section of the main feature on site and, in the background, Pete is starting to excavate the ring of packing stones around the large post which stood at the northern end of this curved trench. He has found more worked stone in this fill, including another scraper.

James and Irene are working at the other end of the same feature where, judging by the way it broadens out, there was probably another large post – just about under Irene’s right hand.

The biggest change on site D today was probably to Vanessa’s feature, which we did think was another isolated posthole like the one Danny has dug. However, the change of texture and colour from the fill of the feature to the undisturbed natural sub-soil was never very clear on the east side. After another clean up today it looked more like part of another long linear feature so she has dug out much more of this. In the process her and Mike found some very intriguing pottery. It is black and very coarse and hand-made – certainly prehistoric – although it doesn’t look exactly like any known type of prehistoric pottery at the moment. Perhaps it will make more sense when it is clean.

The wildlife was all very shy today, just a solitary stoat crossing the road on the way up to site. Not many people know how to tell the difference between a stoat and a weasel. You see, a weasel is weaselly recognised, but a stoat is stoatally different…

I’ll get my coat



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