In extensive field-walking we have recovered finds spanning the whole of prehistory, from the Ice Age around 12,000 years ago to the Bronze Age and perhaps Iron Age too. You can explore this in our archaeology timelines chart and suggested reading lists – mostly free downloads. Below are a few of our favourite finds so far, all recorded 3D using a GPS device so that we can plot spatial patterns and map surface finds against aerial images and the geophysical survey results which are due soon.
During our walk-over survey work some important field observations were recorded. The large oval enclosure (rather than a D-shaped enclosure), so prominent on LiDAR and aerial images, is also very visible in Field 2B – you can still walk around its large ditch and banks and see at last two entrances, together with large stone scatters and possible burnt clay in the ploughsoil. One 1m x 0.25m area at the base of a plough slot was cleaned to reveal burnt clay, charcoal fragments and possible stake holes and a single, eroded sherd of pottery. The cleaned area has been recorded with both images and a context sheet which describes the observations.
Elsewhere, one area of the ditch appears to be waterlogged and so holds potential for using an engine-driven auger to remove cores for environmental, finds and dating analysis. This is being planned for the Spring 2019 season, as well as coring the wetland area at Margrove Park below Airy Hill.
Some stone concentrations in Field 4, adjacent to the two known Bronze Age barrows (scheduled ancient monuments) and in Field 1 might, together with aerial image anomalies, also be remnants of previously unrecorded barrows or structures. Again, in Field 2B image right, there seem to be stone concentrations and possible structure platforms. We hope the geophysical survey results will reveal more!
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Cleveland Archaeology Project Team