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Badlesmere Bottom 2019 - Day 3

Submitted by Fred Birkbeck on 21 August 2019

Day 3 on site and time to start digging in earnest (in very compact clay in actual fact!), The first 'slot' of the season was opened on a very innocuous looking linear in trench 1. The first couple of spades produced some Iron Age potter which puts a whole different perspective on the trench. Any thoughts of a quick clean-up, record and shut-down were quickly put to one side.

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Some volunteers were digging …

Apart from the linear feature, there was what looked suspiciously like a metalled surface in another part of the trench which needed a good clean-up to see what we had to deal with.

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… ohers were cleaning the metalled surface

Our reward for the considerable effort was that we got to record the features by the end of the day.

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Photographing the metalled surface

The volunteers all got some guidance on recording.


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Richard explains why and how we record before a preliminary sketch of [1004]


Day 4 will see us taking up the metalling and seeing whether it's hiding anything underneath, we're also putting another slot through the linear and seeing if there's a relationship between the two contexts. That should see us complete trench 1 but, as we saw today, anything could happen in the next 24 hours. We'll update you tomorrow!