Today we managed to run all three instruments despite the very blustery weather and the occasional shower. Many thanks to everyone who put up with the bad weather.
Firstly, the magnetometer survey went very well today with another nine grid squares completed, albeit there were many partials! Here are the results:
As can be seen, the nice straight line of Watling Street continues running from the SE to the NW. Curiously, there appears to be something cutting across the street and running down either side (shown as white lines). How strange. The star find, however, is the very nice building parallel to Watling Street. The wall foundations show as clear white lines against the mid-grey, i.e., non-magnetic wall foundations (or foundation trenches) cutting through the more magnetic background. Just in case anyone is wondering where the building is:
OK, I’m not being entirely serious. It is perhaps one of the clearest buildings I have seen in our mag data despite the rather noisy background.
The GPR crew were working quite some distance away. Here is a location plan:
It is 550m from the magnetometer survey to the GPR survey as the swallow flies, slightly further as the archaeologist trundles.
The GPR team were not to be outdone by the mag team. Here are four time slices from the area they did today. Remember each slice is going a bit deeper into the ground.
The top image (time slice two) is just showing noise in the ploughsoil. The second image is showing a nice Roman building very clearly. There might be more than one phase, with the upper phase being somewhat damaged. The third image shows the building very clearly. In the last image some of the internal walls show a little more clearly suggesting that they may have been robbed or replaced at some point. All in all, a rather nice building in a prime position on the road across the town.
The GPR team have now covered quite a large area of the town! Remember that they have to walk four times the distance to cover the same area as the mag, but have the advantage of being able to create images at different depths.
The Earth Resistance survey managed four grid squares today after the rain made it possible to take readings at all!
The res has picked up some more details of the Insula XVI temple. Unfortunately, the trick of spreading the remote probes widely apart to avoid problems with grid matching has finally failed. We did not have enough rain to change the moisture levels at 50–75cm down, so I am not entirely sure why this is the case. Perhaps some current leaks through the grass? I’ll have to investigate.
The weather forecast is better for tomorrow and so we will be out again in force.