Day 2: Wednesday 2nd September

The second day started well although rain overnight had left the area first cleaned too wet to work. We were joined by the first volunteers and work resumed cleaning the base of the trench work progressed well and by early afternoon the area was cleaned, the ditch well defined with an area of dirty sandy clay holding some larger stones possibly representing the very base of the rampart (Figure 3).

Once trench 417AA was clean our attention was focussed upon cutting back and straightening the remaining two trenches, 417AB and 417AC situated over the entrance. In both of these trenches the ploughsoil was even thinner and in trench 417AB lines of clay in the ploughsoil appeared to derive from a surviving fragment of what appears to be a turf rampart. Almost as soon as we had completed the tidying up of the trenches a massive downpour flooded the trenches and made it impossible to work. We ended the day excited about the results, but aware of the difficulty we face if the weather remains as wet.

Gigi Signorelli, with John Hinchliffe and Geoffrey Rowson in the background

Gigi Signorelli, with John Hinchliffe and Geoffrey Rowson in the background

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