Sunday, 29 June 2014

Time for an update on our site in Kincladie Wood: a Roman temporary camp just north of Dunning which we have been excavating for the past week. A small section of the northern bank and ditch survives as an upstanding monument and this is the area which we are investigating.

Dr. Philip Freeman inspects the trench midway through deturfing.

A spread of rubble immediately north of the monument appears to fill the upper portion of the ditch, but only in the western half of the trench. From this layer and the brown silt in front of it we recovered a number of finds from the modern period, including a number of fragments from a glass battery.

Kieran, Jo, Traci and Jacqueline progressively excavate a clayey context, with evidence of considerable tree root disturbance, below the uppermost layer of the bank. To the right, Ross is investigating the full extent of this clay layer. 

This is how the trench appeared after the sixth day of excavation. A number of contexts have been revealed, cleaned and recorded. At this stage the ostensibly simple "bank and ditch" was becoming more complex, meaning there is much to explore in the days ahead!

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