Negative result or new knowledge?

Today we continued the excavation by digging ourself down through layers belonging to the farmhouse that was razed in 1963 and its forerunners that we knew was standing on the plateau during at least the 17th and 18th centuries. We aim to document all constructions and layers from the precious centuries, but of course we hope to find medieval and earlier layers as soon as possible. The most westward part of the trench provedy today to be constituted of humous soil with loads of brick fragments, glass and pottery from primarily the 18th- and 19th century. We began to make a test pit in the layer and also some probing. During the final hour we found that the layer was at least a meter thick, perhaps we have even struck a large cellar.

This result is in some degree disappointing as it is far to time consuming to dig through these layer to reach the periods we primarily intend to find. On the other hand do we now know something new about the plateau. Combined with the evidence from last years field work, it is getting more and more clear that major parts of the northern plateau were built in a rather late stage. There are loads of interesting Early medieval layers, but so far no thick construction layers similar to the southern plateau. Reconstructing the topographical development of the area is in short becoming a more and more challenging and exiting task.

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