May 12, 2014

Ovingdean Excavations

Villagers might like to have an update on the excavations that are taking place by a group in the field next to the church
Ovingdean Excavations
Ovingdean continues to produce some fascinating archaeology, and rather than answering questions more and more are being asked. We did have heavy overnight rain on Friday and it was a bit drizzly first thing, but a good number of the team were along. Big John has opened some extensions at the north end of trench B1 and already features coming into view. It could be another ditch or a large pit. Carol was gettings some nice medieval pottery out from the south west corner while Judith was working in the north east corner finding a bed of mortar and flints, is it a wall? So many questions.
Lesley and Alison started working in another extension to trench B2 where another large pit has been partially revealed. Lesley also had a go at section drawing under Big Johns careful tuition and produced a superb drawing, well done that lady. Bonesy John watched on as he may want to have a go the next time. David excavated a large post hole and found a post pipe, and for the first time at Ovingdean some decent flint packing, great stuff. Clive was working on yet another ditch, running parallel and only a few centimetres away from the one found in 2008. It gets curiouser and curiouser. Clive’s ditch has a large deposit of daub at the bottom, and he also found medieval pottery. Some of the daub has wattle impressions. At the south end of trench B2 Mark tickled the surface of a possible pit or another ditch, just how many can there be, and was finding plenty of medeival pottery, so a great day was had by all. The big question is what does it all mean?
Big John has suggested that we conduct a resisitivity survey of the area to the west of the excavation to see if the timber framed buidling lies in that direction. The present post holes and ditches tend to suggest that the other side of the building is not in the direction we are currently digging. The plan is to take readings at more frequent intervals to see if we can find the post holes by geophysics.

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