Week 1 Excavation Round-Up
Big Heritage with the support of local volunteers, community groups and businesses began our first excavation on a scheduled ancient monument this past week. The excavation forms part of our HLF funded community archaeology project, exploring the village of Bromborough and its environs.
Before we even began excavating the community support was fab. The Wirral Autistic Society strimmed the site for us and helped us out with the storage of our tools, much to the relief of BH staff and volunteers, as it has saved us a lot of walking! Bromborough Travelodge also offered us their facilities throughout the excavation, for which we are very grateful. With the support of both English Heritage and the Land Trust we began our first week of excavation.
Based on resistivity survey undertaken during July we opened two trenches focussed on features, suggestive of both high and low resistance linears – potentially walls and ditches. We also uncovered more of a circular feature uncovered during the strimming.
Both trenches are now well underway. Despite being in close proximity to one another the geology is very different, suggesting that at least one trench is not a natural land surface. Which one that might be is still unclear.
Considering that the site has been pasture since the eighteenth century we have found a great deal of post medieval and modern material, including lots and lots of clay pipe.
We are now beginning to uncover layers with fewer finds, so hopefully we might be hitting those allusive archaeological contexts and possibly the features suggested in the geophys.
In week 2 we intend to continue working on both Trench 1 and 2 but we will also be opening two new trenches in another part of the site to explore some very different features identified on the geophysical survey.
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