EXCAVATIONS IN CASTLE MEADOWS, APRIL 2010

 

In April 2010 the Wallingford Burh to Borough Research project, together with Wallingford Museum, carried out excavations in Castle meadows, near the old north gate of the Saxon and medieval burh. The excavation was unusual in that it involved re-excavating some trenches originally dug in the 1960s, which had been laid out in true Mortimer Wheeler style grid formation. Once the position of these had been ascertained, we added our own box-trench to the series,  digging into a previously untouched part of the lower burh ramparts, dated to the middle-late Saxon period.

 

machining

 

more machining

 

digging F4
excavating the old 1960s trenches

 

section-drawing
re--drawing 1960s sections

 

trowelling
trowelling on top of lower part of Saxon rampart

 

sword guard
late Saxon or Viking sword guard

 

digging F5
opening up a new box trench as a continuation of the 1960s series

 

sieving
sieving the spoil for finds

 

pottery
grass-tempered pottery from lower layers of Saxon rampart

 

talk to school
a school visit to the site

 

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