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September 2007

September has probably been the busiest month so far this year with most Sundays seeing a full trench and many activities from excavating to drawing and finds washing.

Digging in trench 7

A busy site

A good deal of time during the month has been spent continuing to excavate the area around the north walland the floors of the rooms within the villa. The edges of the wall are gradually becoming more defined, though thereis a significant variation in the width of the wall from 30 to 60cm which needs more investigation.The area outside the wall consists mainly of building rubble, with the occasional interesting findembedded in it. One such find was part of the base of an Oxfordshire red slipped ware bowl, the other half of which was later found 2 metres awayin the demolition layer of the corridor.

Oxfordshire red slipped ware bowl - part of base

Oxfordshire red slipped ware bowl - part of base

Oxfordshire red slipped ware bowl - complete base

Oxfordshire red slipped ware bowl - complete base

An interesting fragment of a bracelet made from shale has also been found in the fill of the stokeroom area.It's overall diameter is relatively small so was possibly worn by a child.

Shale bracelet fragment

Shale bracelet fragment

Digging in the stokeroomDigging in the stokeroom

Young archaeologists trowelling in the stokeroom found plenty of potteryand animal bone

The excavation is run by experienced archaeologists, and diggers of all levels of experience and ages are welcome, so if you would like to get involved please contact us.

by Steve Gibson