We decided to re-excavate Pit 20 which contains the most massive of the foundation beams of the mill. The original excavation was carried out in 2011 and the photograph shows a plan view of the pit taken at the time of the original excavation – the measuring pole shows red/white bands each of 100mm. The eastern end of this beam was revealed in Pit 19 from which we took a sample which was dated by dendrochronology to the end of the 13th century. (Actually, because our sample contained sap wood, our dendro expert was able to give us a very precise felling date of Winter 1282!) At the time of the first excavation we did not uncover the western end of the beam. During September, we hope to extend the original excavation to reveal the western end and add to our knowledge of the mill groundplan.
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