18/11/11

Site updates – week 16

Work has continued despite the dull murky weather.

We have now managed to get half the site down to the natural clay with only two ancient features revealed  (A small pit and a post hole).

The layers over the natural clay continue to produce large amounts of pr-historic flint work, the earliest of which is of Mesolithic middle stone age date  (8’000-4000BC)  Amongst the implement of this period, recovered, is the cutting end of a chipped adze.

Some of the other flint work in these same layers looks later, probably Neolithic or bronze age.  This is also born out by the recovery of early pr-historic pottery from these deposits.

Elsewhere on the site a lot of effort has gone into cleaning up the metalled trackway which is now looking most impressive.and Andy has made a good start doing a stone by stone plan of it. (Our artist in residence)

Another look at the pottery being found on the surface of this trackway suggests that it may be even earlier than we thought, perhaps circa 150BC.

Down at the potwashing department there has been considerable rejoicing in the fact that all the finds excavated so far have now been washed, which means that Kate is prowling round the dig looking for more work.  She also reminds us (regularly) that there are sixty sacks of Roman tile awaiting cleaning at Dover.

The pot washing department has done an excellent job throughout the summer and autumn and should be congratulated for all their efforts and commitment. Not only in terms of washing finds but also speaking to visitors and passers by.

Backfilling of the Villa by hand is now largly complete and the end of the main excavation is now in sight but not before Keith has checked through all the paperwork.

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