Pit 41 shows Signs of Nearby Habitation

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter several pits showing no distinctive features and few finds, Pit 41 showed ample evidence of domestic refuse.  The south-facing section is shown in the photograph, with the vertical scale divided into 100mm red/white bands.  At a depth of about 600mm a shallow dark layer showing quite a lot of ash appeared while immediately below that a layer some 200mm thick was composed of oyster shells, some animal bones and a few pieces of coarse medieval pottery, all signs of domestic refuse.  Below this was the usual layers of brown/orange silt containing many tiny snail shells which we have often seen on site.  The concentration of domestic refuse is unusual and leads us to hope that nearby is the habitation which historic records indicate was on or near the site.

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