Today was another fine day in beautiful Swaledale and the site was buzzing with around 30 diggers all working hard. All the additional new buckets were in use! We welcomed our President, Tim Laurie FSA and Dr Roger Martlew. After a tour of the excavated area and time to examine some of the finds that have come out of the site so far, they agreed that this was an unusual and fascinating archaeological site with great potential.
Finds today included a piece of daub which may be from one of the roundhouses and two further fragments of quern stone, making four altogether. One of these is a collared quern similar to a larger example found in 2013 which may have originated in Catterick Roman Fort. It is possible that the quern stones were fragments reused as building material or perhaps were ritually broken when the site was abandoned in the late fourth century.
A piece of daub from a wattle-and-daub construction