Event report

Archaeological Dig

Directors: Mark Roberts, Richard Morris

Excavating

Excavating

Students spent seven days at The Blackden Trust on a training excavation to find, record and characterise traces of a long outbuilding that appears on maps from 1789 and disappears by the end of the 19th century.

The 1789 survey, the Tithe Map and first edition of the Ordnance Survey show a building that lay aslant across the south-western boundary of the site as it exists today. However, the maps disagree as to its exact position, while the line of the boundary has itself been adjusted.

We accordingly opened two test pits just inside the boundary, and one just outside in the adjoining field.  The inner trial holes were at right angles to the long axis of the structure, whilst the trial trench in the field was set out at right angles to the anticipated gable end.  This last trench located a broad band of clay that had been laid in a line corresponding to the gable end.  Alongside the clay was charcoal from a burnt timber.  A heading laid out at right angles from this trench duly intersected a similar band of clay in a position corresponding with the southern long wall of the building.  Both deposits had escaped significant plough damage.  It is likely that they were strip footings, although at present it is unclear what sort of structure they carried.

In 2010 we shall extend the excavation to ascertain the nature of the building's construction, its function, and date.

The diggers very much appreciated both the teaching of the directors and the catering skills of the Friends of The Blackden Trust: 'A fantastic week with brilliant company. Well book.'  'A brilliant week.'  'Awesome week, great company, loads of fun.'   'Thank you for being such wonderful hosts.'

Opening a trench

Opening a trench

Recording

Recording

Resting

Resting

Carousing

Carousing

 

Printed on: 19 Dec 2018

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