|Entry: || Have begun seriously tackling the south-eastern island of archaeology in building 18, started on this one as it is the largest and most complex looking. Have basically removed some dirty rake-out / trample deposits (4530) and (4533) with a cluster of clay balls etc (4531). (4530) had lots of artefacts in a band on its western side which were laboriously plotted. To the north of (4530) is a raised clean plaster floor consisting of floor (4534), lip (4532) and makeup (4535). All of these rake-0uts and floors seem to be linked to the south central oven F.473. This has been badly damaged, both in prehistory and te 1960’s probably, but appears to have been a substantial domed oven. No floors survived only the rear superstructure (4536) / (4537). It was in a cut (4538) which basically removed the superstructure of an earlier F.I. in the same location. This means that I appear to have basically excavated the final phase in this area and all future deposits will be the previous phase associated with an earlier F.I.|
The pattern appears to be very similar to the south-east corner of building 16 above. The overall layout of the two buildings is quite different with the internal east-west walls in very different places but the local pattern in this corner appears remarkably similar.
Excavation is prgressing steadily but I am becoming concerned about stepping in and the water table given that we have over 4m to go. I have real worries that we will make good progress for four or five months and then have to give up for health and safety reasons, could we be in for a repetition of the 1960’s?Entered By: Craig Cessford