Fifth day of excavation

The excavation has now proceeded for five days and we have experienced some very changing weather. The first day it was barely nine degrees and windy. Everyone worked very hard just keep warm. Today it was more than 23 degrees and the sandy soil dries out very quickly. We have been very busy with removing the turf and going down through a fairly recent plow layer and thick ackumulated layers from last centuries, partly accumulated by nearby gravel digging activities. The students are doing a magnificent work!

During the last two days have more and more interesting archaeology begun to appear. We are continuously uncovering surfaces of both coarse and fine glacial ridge sediments which are literarelly peppered with features. So are also more and more finds of older dates beginning to appear. As usual it is mostly bones and pottery, but there are also some really nice stuff. Todays most exiting find was a tooth plate of a Migration Period comb and there are other objects that will mentioned further on. It is very satisfying to make finds from the period preceding the excavated royal mounds and the probably earliest phase of the manor.

The first cut...

A trench day 4
In slightly more than a week we will begin to uncover the northern gable of the perhaps 50 m long southern house terrace building, the 8th century hall.

1 comment:

  1. Now remove that annoying house platform so we get to see properly what's under it! No trench is ever finished until you reach bedrock!