Ellemford Day 8: Site Report 11th October 2014
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
(Photo Testpit C1 showing the two excavated grave features and the location of the human remains (by the scale and ranging rod top left - for a closer view see below.)
Good news before we even made it to site... a call from Lothian and Borders Police to tell us they had shown the photographs of the human remains in Test Pit C1 to their experts and considered my 'expert statement' and had agreed that the burial was not recent but was related in stead to the burial ground surrounding the Ellem Kirk. They would not be taking over our site for further investigations and we would be able to continue therefore unimpeded.
Busy day today with 22 people on site and for part of the day a group from the new Flodden YAC (see Archie's blog). Perhaps most importantly we are finding stuff at last. Across Test Pits D2, C3, D3 and E3 we are developing a very nice assemblage of glazed and unglazed pottery sherds, mostly body sherds but also several bases and also a very nice green glazed strap handle.
In addition to this Test Pit B2 has been extended to examine in more detail a feature that looks like it may be a wall. Finally we also recovered a selection of interesting finds from the same field through metal detecting. These included a nice tudor buckle similar to one we have recovered on the battlefield itself and several fragments of iron cooking pot.
Taken all together in the Kirk field we are seeing an assemblage of finds which points to an extended usage of the area during the medieval period, perhaps from the 12th C at least through to the 16th C which is the period we were hoping to find on the site. We will post a gallery of some of these finds soon.
darker soil of the grave cut