So it begins! Excavations have now begun at Knowle Hill Farm, Knowlton with a trench measuring 32 x 25m opened over the site by mechanical excavator. A number of cut features were already immediately visible through the chalk including the flanking ditches of the long mound, some post holes and pits. It is unclear as to what the majority of these features are but further investigation will reveal more.
The first two days have mainly consisted of cleaning the surface of the chalk to reveal and better define the cut features. The topsoil contained a number of pieces of worked and burnt flint including a backed knife and end scraper. Once cleaned a site grid was set up and visible features were recorded on a base plan.
The pair of diverging ditches which first appeared on the geophysical survey and as a cropmark seemed to be constructed from a series of intercutting pits. In plan, the ditches were also asymmetric with the northern ditch significantly wider than the southern ditch.
The 3 week long excavation (30th July – 19th August) is run by the University of Southampton in collaboration with archaeologists from the University of Leicester and archaeologist Martin Green. More detail about the background to the site and its excavation can be found here.