Cakes and Ale

We have had more visitors today. David Hunt from Leyland Museum came up just nicely at dinnertime, bringing a case of lager and a very fine chocolate cake. Carol, one of our local volunteers, also came with a box of fairy cakes and Joanne, one of the second year students, brought Bakewell slices. I am sure there are days when they don’t do that well even on Test Match Special. Peter Isles, the County Archaeologist for Lancashire, also climbed up the hill in the afternoon to have a first hand look at what we had found.

I was able to show him the recently cleaned and completely excavated trench D. On the left of the photograph is the curving ditch which is likely to have formed part of the central timber post setting for the whole enclosure. On the right at the front we have one of the isolated post-holes which were outside this structure. Behind this we think there was another post-hole at the right end of the long, slot-like trench we cut through the confusion yesterday.

Once this photo was taken we could begin a flurry of recording for each of the individual elements of the structure. Eyes down from left to right: Danny, Vanessa, Pete, Irene R, Joanne, Mike, Alex F and Ella.

Meanwhile, in trench C, we were very close to completely excavating the main enclosure ditch when Christina found a small and very fragile collection of bones right at the base of the feature. These are very important as anything in this position can only have got there very soon after the ditch was first dug. Christina cleaned them up for this photo before lifting them. Once they have had a chance to dry out we will clean and identify them to see if they would be suitable for radiocarbon dating.

With the last of the bone out we were able to clean up the base of the ditch and begin recording it. Outside this ditch, to the east, is the very slight remains of the original bank. We just managed to remove all of that by the end of the day today, leaving us two plans and a section drawing to finish before we start sampling tomorrow. Once that is done then that only leaves the backfilling.

Simon the calf, the most famous farm animal since Babe the sheep-pig, sitting up and taking an interest. Wildlife of the day today: water nymphs.

Rick

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