It’s Thursday and all our trenches are working again, after a temporary respite for the stalwarts of the church trench. We are visited by members of the Association for Roman Archaeology and attempt to persuade them to buy some of our quality merchandise. They buy the last of John Davies’ Land of Boudica books, but a call to the author brings him down with fresh supplies within the hour.
We are also visited by Charles Clarke MP, an early supporter of the project, and his wife Carol. “What are we looking at here”, asks Mr Clarke, viewing the periglacial landscape of trench 1. It’s a fair question, and one that we’ve so far failed to answer, although we can now say with some confidence that the long gulley running across the site is late Roman. It is presumably some kind of field boundary, given that it is about 3 inches deep. Even given that “people were little in the olden days” it is unlikely to have formed part of an effective defensive barrier.
It’s still all happening in trench 2, with pits revealing some intriguing stuff, of which more will be said in subsequent days when we know what’s going on. Tony Q is convinced we have a kiln, given the big splurge of tiles present in one of the pits. The director has doubts on the kiln theory, but he seems to have been wrong about the Iron Age so what does he know?
The church bods are now requesting a ladder to get into their trench, showing that archaeologists are getting soft these days. In their defence they are probably through the graveyard levels and getting down to the earlier periods, indicated by a pit full of mussel shells. We are egging them on to find stratified Saxon deposits and will ply them with drink if they do.
As if in miraculous response to the request yesterday for an aerial photo showing the locations of the trenches, Mike Page, a regular aerial photographer in Norfolk, comes up with some lovely aerial views of the trenches (below). Too late balloon guys, although if you’ve got some pictures we’re still in the market.
Top day on the sword front, with 3 sales. Only 8 swords remaining, so we may not even have enough to ritually bury some in the trenches as part of the backfilling.