So another week of excavating has passed, and it feels like we’re still pretty much in the same place as a week ago. (If you want to check out last week’s blog post about this excavation, click here.) We are just now getting down to (hopefully) untouched cultural layers in our end of the big trench. We have three trenches open, and my trench, the big one, is over an iron age oven. The other two were opened to check out anomalies in the ground penetrating radar results. My colleagues seem to have found some structures/contexts this week, but as far as I know we’re still not sure what they could have been.
Here is one of the other trenches, and my friend Rebecka is wielding the magic staff of measuring (aka total station prism). She is measuring the coordinates of the different things that have been found so that we can have a very nice computer made map of the archaeology in the end.
Here is another trench (still not the one I’ve been working in). My fellow diggers are cleaning the trench from lose soil for a photo shoot. We don’t want any messy footprints in the trench, hence the silly belly position.
And this is my trench! But the other end of it, where another group are excavating the destruction layers from the iron age oven. The stone area you can see in this photo is what is left of the top of the oven. Its floor is to the right of them.
This little thing of beauty is something I found this week. It’s a rim piece of a pottery vessel.
And not fa from the piece mentioned above I found this in the ground: more pottery! I don’t know if you can tell from the picture, but it looks like horse-shoe shaped blackness in the ground. We hope that it isn’t random trampled pieces, but a vessel or two in situ. We still haven’t excavated these yet, so I will give you an update on this next weekend! It would be really cool to find a pot where someone once left it, and not just trash that has been moved around a lot since it was gotten rid of.
A typical find for this place: a tooth, probably from sheep or goat. (I’m not an osteologist, so don’t bet your life on this.) We find a lot of animal bones on this site, and they’ve been plowed around on the fields for centuries, so most of them are just small random pieces.
Here’s another example of an animal bone I found. It looks like an ear, don’t you think?! I love it! :D I had to ask an osteology student what it is, and he said that it looks like it’s from a heel from a cow or horse.
Tomorrow’s another day in the field, and I fear our great summer weather will turn to rain. This will be our last week of excavation, so let’s hope we get a grip on what’s been going on on this site before next Friday :)