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Our weather luck held out another day, gorgeous sunshine until mid afternoon, then some cloud but no real rain. Rain hitting the Twicey windows now though and forecast for tomorrow questionable.

In the North Field we were fighting water seepage in my zone all day, for some reason much more so than yesterday. I ended the day pretty much covered in mud up to my waist, wellies essential! Got to the bluey-gray clay layer marking the base of the ditch across about half the trench. Same find pattern as yesterday, a little pottery, lots of cow bone/teeth. A few other finds but again nothing really dramatic. Big picture is that we have a very clear set of parallel ditches running more or less EW across the trench. Plan for tomorrow is to push the ditches across to the east side of the trench.

Picture 1 taken before we started work, with one clear ditch indicated by the yellow line, another ditch suspected just north of it (quickly proved true), a later drain curling down towards the ditch (capped at some later date, not clear when the drain dates from). red line is Victorian drain, everything in the trench north of that now thought to be natural (ie: non-Roman) features.

Picture 2 taken towards the end of the day today as Beth was taking her official pictures before the whole thing filled up with water again. Yellow lines indicate the side-by-side ditches, Beth is standing on a ridge of clay between the two major lines of it.

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Edited by Justin-T, Jul 17 2012, 02:29 PM.
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Week 16 · 2012