OPEN MORNING at the
BRIDGE FARM EXCAVATION
Saturday 16th July
Site and Finds once more attract a good crowd despite the soaring temperature
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New for 2022
A 20 metre extension to the
excavation has been cleared
with new features appearing.
We have once more had an
amazing quantity of finds
including fine ware pottery,
2 iron writing styli and a pair
of bronze tweezers, plus
much, much more!
See Publications page for updated 2022 edition of our site manual 'To CAP it all'
The 2021 season saw a return to Trench 7 in the centre of our defended Romano-British settlement to further investigate the features we uncovered in 2018-19 (2020 being cancelled due to Covid). Thanks to the hard work of volunteers and students, the three year's efforts have revealed multiple post holes, large intercutting pits and possible hearths/kilns within Roman-period layers that are full of a wide variety of pottery, including finewares and samian, and other artefacts including fibula brooches, and bone pins. The coins seem to suggest the main phase of this area to be 2nd-3rd century.
The 2021 season has seen the pits grow even deeper and larger and a new figure-of-eight feature appear beneath the chalk surrounded pile of burnt clay and scattered tesserae in F48. Central feature F38 now appears to be a large rectangular pit adjacent to a deep burning pit. The last days revealed the top of several postholes cut through a ditch heading west from F38. Both F38 & 48 to be further excavated in 2022 plus a new 500sqm area to the north.
The artefacts collected are helping to paint the picture of life in the Sussex Ouse valley in the Roman period.
The western 20m and the area of the E-W road are being backfilled during August 2021
with the remaining area covered to await the 2022 season.
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