Day 2 (14/09/04)

 

Practical Archaeology Course 2004: Day 2

14th September

Excavation of postholes has begun. They have a possible Iron Age date.Excavation of postholes has begun. They have a possible Iron Age date.Once again we have been very lucky with the weather, and although it was grey and windy this morning, work has proceeded without interruption.
 

Trench One

The last section of trench One was cleaned early this morning, and excavation of postholes, which are possibly associated with an Iron Age round house structure, has now begun
 

Trench Two

Excavation has begun. The ditch is at the far end of the trench, visible as a brown line.Excavation has begun. The ditch is at the far end of the trench, visible as a brown line.
 
By the end of the day nearly all of the second trench had been cleaned and is ready to excavate. The ditch in the trench is now clearly visible: the chalk on one side appears to be compacted, which might suggest that it is associated with an internal bank of the ditch.
 
During the afternoon Stephanie Knight, Animal Bone Specialist at Wessex Archaeology, ran a fascinating workshop. The aim of the workshop was to enable participants on the course to identify animal bones of various species, especially those animals that are most likely to be encountered on an Iron Age site like the one they are currently investigating at Down Farm.
 
A number of flint flakes were found yesterday, and students were interested to know more about them, so we were extremely grateful to Martin Green for giving a very helpful illustrated talk on how to recognise worked flint.