A damp start to the day. The small test pit shows that the stone-faced bank overlies what is probably an
earlier field boundary ditch. The earlier ditch cuts through a deposit containing some charcoal and a few
fragments of roof slate.
In the main trench we have traced the ditch up to the eastern field boundary. It now looks as if our ditch
is a continuation of an earlier field boundary.
We also finish off plans and drawings of the site and a contour survey of the area. This is useful to compare
with the geophysics. It seems that the site, and a possible prehistoric field system are located on a flat
area half way down the north facing hill slope.
In the absence of any more archaeology in the trenches, the dig finishes earlier than anticipated. So, although
we did not find any evidence for a Roman building, or any pottery to suggest Roman occupation at the site,
the roof slates certainly suggest there is a building somewhere nearby. This building must be earlier than
both the field boundaries......The mystery of the Roman villa continues!
A big thank you to all the volunteers that helped on the excavation and to the landowner for allowing us
to dig. Many apologies to anyone that visited the site over the weekend, only to find the dig had finished
Surprise surprise, the last area of geophysics may hold the key to unlocking the mystery of the missing villa!
Unusual lines close to a nearby ploughed out hedge, may be the remains of a building! So maybe Fenton was
right after all, but over the years, memories of the exact location of the site faded as field boundaries
were moved. Perhaps one day we will be able to return to find out if the Romans really did come to Wolfscastle........