Day 8 (22/09/04)

Practical Archaeology Course 2004: Week Two Day Three

22nd September

The ditch in Trench Two was the major focus of attention today and sections were laid out across it, including the terminal at the north end. At this end a small extension was dug to allow the investigation of some articulated bone, visible near the surface, the animal bone we had hoped for after yesterday’s workshop! It appears to be either a small cow or a pig. There was much discussion as to which is most likely, but more will need to be revealed to make identification certain.
Today’s workshop was on palaeo-environmental investigation, and was led by Chris Stevens, Senior Project Officer at Wessex Archaeology. Using a soil sample from the fill of the ditch, Chris demonstrated how the snail shells extracted from the sample revealed important evidence about the landscape at the time.