16 March 2012

West Bromwich Manor House - Evaluation (II)

We have now finished our first week at the Manor House, and with it the first phase of our excavation project. Already the results have been quite exciting - although most of what we have found so far has related to the later (post-medieval) history of the site.

In Trench 2, for example, Kate has discovered the remains of a series of small nineteenth century outbuildings which were constructed up against the seventeenth century garden wall (above). From here we have recovered a large quantity of pottery, glass and metal artefacts. Meanwhile, in Trench 4, Geoff has encountered the foundation of a significant boundary wall - possibly part of a ha-ha. This is on the alignment of a field boundary shown on nineteenth century maps.

I have finally finished the cleaning and recording of Trench 1, and in the process this morning discovered a very solid cobbled road surface or trackway running alongside a very substantial wall.

This is also shown on early mapping, and is aligned with the surviving complex of buildings.

Tomorrow we begin our two-day training programme with local volunteers, who will get to grips not only with the site itself but also with a wide range of archaeological techniques.

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