Springfield Barn Dig 2019 was a great success, in spite of the rain – we had shelters over the working areas. There were plenty of volunteers, including Young Archaeologists from Calke, to dig, record, sort, measure, make the tea etc.
The pottery probably operated from early 1400s to mid 1600s. There is a huge amount of pot and kiln waste still in the ground, including a tantalising bit of Cistercian ware with what looks like a Wheel of Eternity symbol, and lots of red earth, indicating the presence of a kiln.
We hope to get permission for another dig next year.
2018 dig –
A good two weeks. The weather was kind, and as expected, there were lots of pot sherds to wash, from possible medieval to around 1660, but most importantly we uncovered what is possibly a kiln or a pot stack. Also resistivity shows a path leading to the work area.
Thanks to everyone who took part, and very special thanks to Jeff – a new member, who as a former archaeologist gave us more in depth training.