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13th April 2005 - Dodging the showers at High Pastures
Posted by steven on 13/04/2005 at 08:56 PM
Four seasons of weather in one week has resulted in a limited amount of work being undertaken at the High Pastures site. Read on for an update of work carried out in Trench 2.
Since the last update for fieldwork at the High Pastures excavation we have had to put up with some unsettled weather, with rain, hail, snow and strong winds - and a little sun! On several visits to the site during the past week the rain has formed small ponds in Trench 2, making excavation difficult and on some days impossible. However, we have managed some progress - finished removing spit 3 from context C203, have recorded this surface and are now ready to remove the next layer from the fill of the former entrance into Bone Passage.
During the removal of the last layers from context C203 we recovered a few finds including sherds of decorated and undecorated pottery, several pebble tools, fragments of burnt bone and charcoal. In the SE sector of the trench Martin uncovered a large lump of burnt wood, which may be part of a structural timber from the site. This may be the remains of a wooden post however, we have to investigate this further in better weather conditions. Nearby, we also uncovered an arc of stones that may be part of an hearth setting. Significant amounts of charcoal were uncovered in this area along with dumps of fire-cracked stone.
Trench 2 now comprises two identifiable halves. The SE sector comprises the buff-coloured sediment, which contains fragments of charcoal and burnt bone, which may comprise an occupation surface. Now this area has been cleaned back there is little stone on this surface, although the odd fragment of fire-cracked stone is pressed into it. Moving to the NW there is a marked change with the buff material giving way to a dark, organic-rich matrix that has significant quantities of fire-cracked stone and pebbles. Some slab-like stones are all tilted down in a NW direction, which is possibly related to slumping of material in this area above what should be the in-filled original entrance into Bone Passage of High Pasture Cave. The next few days, given good weather conditions, will be crucial in helping us to determine the nature of this fill and how it possibly relates to the archaeological deposits we investigated in Bone Passage in 2004.
Therefore, visit the website regularly and we will provide updates as soon as we make further progress in Trench 2. The image below shows Martin Wildgoose recording the surface of Trench 2 after the removal of context C203 (small puddles excluded!).
The image above shows Trench 2 from the SE, with Martin planning the NW end. Marked is a line showing the present boundary between the buff sediment and the shaft fill; the arc of stones possibly relating to a hearth setting; an area of paving (P) uncovered below the wall (W) at the NW end of the trench; and the stones found angled into the shaft fill (S).
Next entry: 17th April 2005 - Edge of entrance shaft found