Mucklestone excavation 2018

Week 1 (April 8th - April 15th)

We were unable to return to the site after the maize had been harvested last year, because this was not done until some time in November, by which time it was too late for us to return. This year, the continuing bad weather did not allow us to return until April! The farmer very helpfully used his tractor to move last year's spoil heap from the south of the oven, so that we could search there for the remains of the house which we feel must be thereabouts. He also moved part of the spoil heap from the west of the site, where we want to investigate the possible continuation of last year's Ditch 5. Unfortunately, due to the wetness of the ground when the spoil was being moved, we start this year with a degree of muddy unevenness. In the photo below, looking towards the south on the first day of this year's dig (8th April), you can see us starting to level where the southern spoil heap had been, ready for us to start trowelling. In the foreground, Keith is doing the same thing at the western end of Ditch 5.

April 8th

Day 1 was quite productive - not only did we find several nice pottery sherds, but two of our members also erected our new tent! Pictures below - click on any one for a larger view.

Pottery selection Day 1 New tent
A selection of Day 1 finds Our new site tent, and its erectors

Here is a close-up of one of the sherds in the selection above - a nice piece of saltglaze stoneware:

Unfortunately, Tuesday was rained off, but we were hard at work trowelling on Thursday and Sunday (picture below). Still in the plough soil (as we will be for several days yet), nothing much on the finds front apart from a few pieces similar to those above.

Sunday 15th April

Week 2 (April 17th - April 22nd)

Tuesday (pic below) saw us still trowelling the plough soil, again with only a few pieces similar to those found last week to keep us encouraged. But we are (slowly) getting nearer to the layer on which the oven sits!

Tuesday 17th April

Stoke-on-Trent Museum Archaeological Society,23rd April 2018

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