Today saw a slightly smaller team than we have had, but we still managed a good area of magnetometry survey and GPR, and even one small square of Earth Resistance survey.
First, the mag survey. The team are starting to work their way north along the western edge of our survey area filling in between what we have already surveyed and the third century town wall which is hidden in the trees in the Google Earth image.
Looking at the area surveyed today in more detail, we can see the beginnings of the corner of the “1955 ditch”.
There is surprisingly little of anything much showing inside or outside the ditch in this corner. The ditch is, however, slightly narrowing and bowing. How curious! Tomorrow should, fingers crossed, see us pick up the rest of the corner.
The GPR team, way down the hill near the drive, completed another 40x80m block. Here are four 3ns thick time-slices.
The top image (time slice 2) just shows the noise in the ploughsoil. The second image, however, shows a lovely little building 16.5m by 10m in size, aligned with the “1955 ditch”. I’m not certain what this building is, it seems an unusual plan for a domestic structure. The third image (time slice 4) shows this building, but also a very strong reflection from a wall on the eastern side. Presumably this is part of a building which has been robbed out more thoroughly. In the last time slice the signal has “attenuated” and we are only getting the strongest reflections showing.
The overall image gives some idea of how much we have now covered.
This image is a bit of a mismatched mishmash as the data was collected at different times and the time slices are somewhat variable as I have learnt to process the data over the last year. At some point all the data will need to be reworked systematically, but that is beyond me while we are out collecting yet more data every day!
Many thanks to everyone who helped, and welcome to the people who have recently joined the team. Your efforts are producing spectacular results.