A TOWN UNEARTHED – 10th – 19th July 2011

A TOWN UNEARTHED – 10th – 23rdth July 2011 

After removing the top soil from the courtyard area during which I very wisely went on holiday for a fortnight, a large scattering of stones was revealed. 

Much speculation on whether they were the foundation of a wooden building .   

As we started exploring and carefully trowelling down exposing the stones and looking for post holes,  we found tufa – for the ignorance club (a type of rock that looks like old gravel and plaster that is found in the Dover area)  

So far three small coins, pottery, shells , bracelets and a pair of bronze tweezers (two inches long ) that still had the  spring in the metal, have come to the surface along with lots of nails and rivets of varying shapes and sizes.  

Perhaps there was a wooden building here but so far we have not found any post holes. 

Andy – A stalwart if ever there was one, got the task of drawing to scale every stone big and small.  He very painstakingly placed a metal grid over the stones and drew to scale all the stones in that area and then moved on to the next. 

PAIN is the key word as he bent over the grid this way and that trying to avoid a bad back.  He never complained. We cant’ remove the stones until this job is completed. 

Last year there were some tiles sticking out of the courtyard area that I kept eying and wondering what they were all about.  I got the job of trowelling around them  but am still  no wiser.  All will come clear in due course. 

One day two spitfires came over for half an hour and gave us a free show of what they can do aerobatically. 

We have also had some work experience students with us for two weeks.  Some just messed about, some were bone idle and the rest worked reasonably well.  It was ever thus. 

In between digging I helped Marion and her team, working with school children from various schools in the area.  Some have been before and were keen to see what progress we had made.  

Some got to dig and one lucky lad found what may be a CALTROP. 

This was made of iron and consisted of four spikes about three inches long that when thrown down on the ground would always land with one spike sticking up. 

These would be thrown in front of pursuing cavalry making the unfortunate horses go down and throw their riders. 

The Roman equivalent of an –  ANTI-TANK DEVICE? – or – the base of a CANDLESTICK HOLDER?.  Take your pick from the world of archaeology. 

I’ll let you know in due course. 















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