Fieldwork

EXCAVATIONS/FIELDWALKING/SURVEYS

FEBRUARY 2013 HLF The Fenland in Roman Times -FIELDWALKING/METAL DETECTING NEAR CHRISTCHURCH
Despite the cold weather we completed the initial phase of investigation of this site.

NOVEMBER 2012 SURVEY: LEVCOM12 – POTENTIAL ROMAN SETTLEMENT NEAR WISBECH ST MARY
We completed 100m x 40m resistivity survey using GeoScan RM-15 check Facebook for image!

AUGUST 2012 EXCAVATION: WESDRO12 – RETURN TO THE MANOR SITE
Loads of medieval roof tiles and our now famous ‘gaming’ brick! Check our Facebook page for photos!

MAY 2012 EXCAVATION: MARWIM12 – RETURN TO ROMANO-BRITISH DITCH WITH JIGSAW AND THE BBC!
Unfortunately we had to turn the Look East team away due to the weather – it was not safe to dig….

OCTOBER 2011 FIELDWALKING: POSSIBLE ROMANO-BRITISH SETTLEMENT NEAR WISBECH ST MARY
An area of 420sqm was intensively fieldwalked using 10sqm grids marked out by canes with finds from each square being bagged and tagged for later cleaning and collation. This will allow the distribution to be clearly mapped. The finds were almost exclusively Roman pottery sherds of many different types. Further details will follow.

SEPTEMBER 2011 FIELDWALKING: UNKNOWN CROPMARK POSSIBLE DITCHED ENCLOSURE AT MARCH
Due to the very tight schedule of ploughing and then seeding the field was only available for a very brief period and only a small area was covered. Initial observations on the finds show a number of worked flint pieces. The flint on the whole is of a high quality. Further fieldwalking will hopefully follow next year when a fuller appraisal may be possible. Currently the possible ditch cropmark remains unknown and elusive.

AUGUST 2011 EXCAVATION: WESDRO11 – A MOATED MANOR SITE AT WEST DROVE NEAR WISBECH
The return to the site followed up on the demolished wall in the side of the moat (Test Pit 7) by extending it to a 10m x 2m trench to encompass the width of the moat, the demolished wall and possible interior or wall foundation. A second trench was placed to attempt to pick up on the geo-physics survey commisioned by the landowners predicting possible buildings. This trench was 7m x 2m and was further extended by 5m during the dig. Finds included two complete hand made bricks dating (so far) to pre-Tudor times, floor tiles, medieval pottery sherds, a glass bottle from c1680 and a large quantity of demolition CBM. The moat was larger than anticipated approximately 8m wide and at least 2m deep. The landowners have invited us to excavate further next year and we are currently preparing an interim report on the site before our return.

APRIL 2011 EXCAVATION: WESDRO11 – A POSSIBLE MOATED MANOR SITE AT WEST DROVE NEAR WISBECH
We were invited by the landowners to make an initial appraisal on an area of land that featured a partially infilled enclosure. It was believed to to be the former site of a medieval manor house but no systematic excavation had took place there. The area was gridded out in 10m x10m squares and metal detected and the finds plotted. We then opened seven 1m x 1m test pits to further explore the site. One of the pits revealed a demolished wall laying on the sloped moat edge and confirmed the presence of a brick building on the site. A pottery sherd in situ on the rubble has been dated to between 1450-1650 and further excavation will follow after the hay has been cut on the site.

JUNE- SEPTEMBER 2010 EXCAVATION: MARWIM10 – AN IRON AGE DITCH CUTTING AN EARLIER GULLEY AT MARCH
This was our first independent excavation as a group and was the culmination of months of planning and equipping ourselves from scratch for the challenge of managing an excavation and fully recording the process. Our excavation revealed an Iron Age/Romano-British ditch infilled during the late Roman period and containing pottery sherds, a quantity of faunal remains, flints and slag.

MARCH 2010 EXCAVATION: TYDD ST GILES – SMALL TRIAL TEST PIT
Small test pit dug to investigate potential of the site. Small quantity of CBM recovered.