Had a rather interesting few days detecting up at the Wilting Upper Fort area along the north stockade wall. Lots of long cast nails, 3-5 inches long, some longer, were found around 6-8″ down. Of course, this paddock has long been a farm site, so the skeptics’ argument will have it that we’re merely finding junk commensurate with farm activity, and yet I haven’t found these type of nails anywhere else in the paddock yet.
I’m out again tomorrow to continue working this debris field to see if the nail discoveries continue along the north wall. I will also do a control detect in other areas of the paddock to determine if the nail finds are unique to where we believe the fort walls were constructed, or spread across the entire area. The hope is that these nails were accidentally dropped or discarded by Norman workmen as they were busily occupied nailing up the stockade wall to enclose the fort. Of course, nails alone do not a theory prove, but we also found a large broken key, a buckle, the Duke’s stainless steel can opener, and some other interesting bits. Nick’s reviewing these and dropping the hopeful bits into the tank to clean ’em up a bit.
And I didn’t expect to see this. The crop has been badly damaged by rain in the last few weeks on the main Saxon battlefield at the bottom of the great feild by the farm buildings. However exactly where the “Saxon defense ditch is located, running across the field at the top of the ridge, looking down to where the Normans would have been, there is a crop mark running right across the field of crop that has stayed untouched (like a road). Its exactly the width of the ditch and convinces me that this ditch, which was dowsed is really there – that is why the crop remains where the ditch is – because the ground is deeper and the crop has got a better footing and water supply than the rest of the field which is now pretty decimated.
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Tim Bush Excellent bit of evidence, but you really needs a geo phys survey to prove the anomaly dont you Nick. Either that or a couple of test pits put across the feature to get a cross-section look at it.
18 August at 18:54 · Like
Mike Waghorne yes I can see it well especially when the rest of the crop has been trashed
18 August at 22:49 · Edited · Like
We will be doing the geophys in October to confirm as long as we can get landowner permission