The Met Office predicted rain at 1pm, and at 1pm it began to rain. We had, however, managed to do four mag grids before lunch, and finished off another one and a res grid in the drizzle. Many thanks to everyone who turned out on a unpromising morning and helped us complete a fair bit in the time we had.
The bad news first. The Chess Valley Archaeological and Historical Society were kind enough to lend me their resistance meter and cable to try and work out what is wrong with ours. Unfortunately, it looks like it might be the wiring on the resistance frame as the results we got today were utter nonsense. Many thanks for John Glover for lending me the equipment and Jim West for bringing it over.
The five mag grids were, however, extremely interesting. First the overall image:
Weather permitting, we should be up by the drive by the end of tomorrow, and hopefully will have picked up more of the ‘sinuous ditch.’ Zooming into the area we did today reveals some interesting features.
We have picked up the cross-roads between streets 11 and 25 very nicely. Along street 25 there seems to be a line of smaller buildings. More modest dwellings, perhaps, or maybe workshops and shops? On the north corner, however, is a weird looking and extremely magnetic feature, probably a building as it seems too rectangular to be something else, and is approximately 20m by 10m in size. Perhaps the building burnt down, or maybe it is an industrial feature?
Tomorrow we should be able to survey the grid next to our first “uber magnetic” building as well as picking up, we hope, some more of the infamous sinuous ditch.
We have also made the news on the Institute of Archaeology‘s website!