Seventy Fifth Dig Day – Friday 24th January 2014

Looking E at Exmoor ponies on demolition rubble mound beyond SE corner of cottage

Looking E at Exmoor ponies on demolition rubble mound beyond SE corner of cottage

A truly memorable day – a laser scan, ‘aerial’ photos, new archaeology, and a herd of 18 Exmoor ponies!

 

Looking NW at dig site & Chris from SeSurveying doing 3d-laser scan

Looking NW at dig site & Chris from SeSurveying doing 3d-laser scan.

At long last our promised hi-res laser scan from SeSurveying has been done – can’t wait to see the resulting 3-d image – though it might take a while since the unprocessed file is expected to be a huge 16GB!

 

View from communications mast on Newmarket Hill, looking N at Falmer

View from communications mast on Newmarket Hill, looking N at Falmer; click to enlarge

Panoramic view from communications mast on Newmarket Hill looking NE at Newmarket Plantation and Lewes

Panoramic view from communications mast on Newmarket Hill looking NE at Newmarket Plantation and Lewes; click to enlarge
Panoramic view from communications mast on Newmarket Hill looking E at Castle Hill and the Balsdean Valley

Panoramic view from communications mast on Newmarket Hill looking E at Castle Hill and the Balsdean Valley; click to enlarge

Panoramic view from communications mast on Newmarket Hill, looking SE at distant hills of Firle Beacon, Cuckmere Haven & Seaford Head

Panoramic view from communications mast on Newmarket Hill, looking SE at distant hills of Firle Beacon, Cuckmere Haven & Seaford Head; click to enlarge

Panoramic view from communications mast on Newmarket Hill, looking E at dig site, overhanging Newmarket Bottom

Panoramic view from communications mast on Newmarket Hill, looking E at dig site, overhanging Newmarket Bottom

Collage of panoramic views from communications mast on Newmarket Hill, looking E across Newmarket Farm dig site and beyond

Collage of panoramic views from communications mast on Newmarket Hill, looking E across Newmarket Farm dig site and beyond

Later that morning maintenance workers from 8point8 Support on the nearby TV and mobile communications mast agreed to take photos of the dig site and the surrounding hills from high up the tower. Judging from the photos the view from up there was stunning.

 

Looking S at NE corner of cottage and excavated gully drain in front of shed

Looking S at NE corner of cottage and excavated gully drain in front of shed.

Now that the laser scan has happened, the first of our planned sondages has been dug. It was to excavate the construction trench for a salt glazed stoneware drain that took grey water from a gully drain away from the kitchen sink on the north (front) of the cottage, eastwards, under the path to the shed against the east side of the cottage towards the site of the vegetable garden (now under the demolition rubble).

 

Ceramic shard from fill of construction trench for gully drain

Ceramic shard from fill of construction trench for gully drain

Ceramic shard from fill of construction trench for gully drain

Ceramic shard from fill of construction trench for gully drain

Ceramic shard from fill of construction trench for gully drain

Ceramic shard from fill of construction trench for gully drain

Finds were plentiful, with a potentially dateable assemblage of very nice decorated ceramic shards – which probably date to about the 3rd quarter of the 19th c. This was the approximate date of the ‘conservatory-like’ extension to the south of the cottage.

 

Exmoor ponies visiting dig site

Exmoor ponies visiting dig site

Exmoor ponies visiting dig site

Exmoor ponies visiting dig site

Exmoor ponies visiting dig site

Exmoor ponies visiting dig site

Exmoor ponies visiting dig site

Exmoor ponies visiting dig site

Exmoor ponies visiting dig site

Exmoor ponies visiting dig site

Exmoor ponies visiting dig site

Exmoor ponies visiting dig site

Somewhat distracting was a visit by 18 Exmoor ponies later in the day! They are doing a wonderful job keeping down the brambles on the Castle Hill Nature Reserve. We had tried to keep them out of the dig site, especially before the laser-scan, so we were lucky they only forced their way back into our dig site once this had been done. They are doing such a wonderful job eating down the brambles, etc, that I have now removed the tape which until now had served its purpose keeping them from disturbing our dig. Not that they are in any way scared of our flapping red and white hazard tape – they have even been caught chewing it! They are very curious, sometimes naughty, but I like them!!

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