22/08/11

Site updates – Week 3

We have had another good week with no rain to speak of.

Having completed drawing the rubble of the courtyard we took photographs of it and have now started to remove it.  This has produced a number of finds all of which indicate that the rubble layer was laid down and used during the fourth century AD.  This seems to indicate that the villa was occupied as late as about AD 390.

As the rubble has been cleared so traces of an earlier courtyard surface made from smaller stones has started to appear in a number of places.  It looks a bit patchy at present but there is a lot more work to do before we can see its full extent.

An occupational dump deposit between the upper and the lower courtyard surfaces has produced large amounts of interesting finds.  These include pottery, tile, and an interesting collection of broken iron tools and fittings.

Along the seaward side of the site, deep trenches have revealed sections of a large ditch.  This was first located last year and could be seen to pre-date both villa buildings.

The work this year has shown that because it was in the way, the ditch was deliberately infilled with natural clay when the villa was built.

There is a lot more of the ditch to dig out but we will hold off on this until we have cleared the courtyard rubble deposits which lie at a higher level.

Another interesting spitfire flying demonstration over Capel on Friday.

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