Day 9 (23/09/04)

Practical Archaeology Course 2004: Week Two Day Four

23rd September

Participants excavate the ditch, which contained iron age and bronze age pottery.Participants excavate the ditch, which contained iron age and bronze age pottery.The small extension to the north of Trench Two is looking very interesting now. The small collection of bones is clearly part of an articulated skeleton, laid on its right side, with the skull missing. The bones have been heavily disturbed by ploughing, but there is quite enough remaining for students to examine and put to good use the knowledge gained in the Animal Bones Workshop yesterday. The skeleton is that of a cow, with the long bones fused at the epiphyses (the ends of these bones) which shows that it had finished growing and was an adult of a species the size of Dexter cattle
 
Course participant Margaret Melsom carefully excavates the animal burial. A close-up of the burial is below.Course participant Margaret Melsom carefully excavates the animal burial. A close-up of the burial is below.During the day Jake Keen once more fired the smelting furnace. This time it reached the required temperature more quickly, and once more shiny metal appeared where before there had seemed to be only unpromising small lumps of stone. We were grateful to Martin Green for taking members of the group who could tear themselves away from the excavation on an extended tour of the wider area around the site.
 
Detail of the cow burialDetail of the cow burial