Apologies to you all — blog followers and the volunteers who have been out surveying — that it is such a long time since the last post. We have been very active trying to get Verulamium Park completed before the end of the grant and the licence in five days time. We are very close to hitting that target as you can see below. The short days, wet weather and endless fiddly partial grid squares slowed us down a great deal. We have, however, only a little bit to complete in the south-west corner, and a few little bits along the southern edge and we have done the whole Park.
I haven’t quite finished the data processing as there were a huge number of fiddly grid squares to edit, but I decided it was best to get something out even if not finished.
The area south of the splash park and around the cafe has some interesting features. Some of the roads show every clearly and there is a very clear stone building just to the east of the cafe. Interesting to note that this is just the other side of the road from the building Larry Conyers picked up so clearly in the GPR data in the summer, whereas that building barely shows at all.
The area surveyed by Ralph Potter in the summer to the SE of the car park is as inconclusive in the mag data as the GPR data. I’m not sure what has happened here. Another question to investigate.
There is a long field along the side of Bluehouse Hill which during the summer is the “wild flower” area. Luckily for us, the grass is cut short over winter and during December and January we have been working our way along this strip. In the northern area (see below) we have picked up a couple of stone buildings either side of the SW-NE road which eventually runs alongside the SE edge of the forum-basilica complex now under the church and the school. The “Romano-Celtic” temple, which often shows clearly as parch marks, doesn’t show in the magnetic data at all. There are a couple of processing artefacts which need to be corrected, mainly the lighter white square in the middle of the plot.
Lastly, the southern end of the wild flower area is very similar to the field we started surveying at the beginning. There are few indications of major buildings, but the 1955 ditch shows, quite a few probable pits and some linear features, almost certainly ditches, some of which can see be seen on the surface. Unlike the SE corner, however, the Roman wall shows very clearly running diagonally across the SW corner of the image.
I hope these excellent results were worth the wait, and fingers crossed we manage the last few parts this week.