Over the last few weeks we have excavated Pit 31 with the expectation that it would reveal the southern end of the mill structure at Little Millhams. We have indeed found a substantial beam lying approximately East-West on the general alignment of the other mill timbers. Horizontal planking is let into the beam on the north side and continues on the south – we believe that this planking defines a water chute or channel. A large mortise joint in the top face of the beam must have originally held a vertical timber. Work on the pit is very difficult due to the amount of water entering which requires regular bailing, but we have managed to measure and record the structure. An accompanying photograph shows the timber – the black/white scale has 10 mm divisions.
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