Excavating in front of the wall alongside the stream, view looking
The ditch to
the north partially excavated view looking east
Time to stop digging and start drawing, view looking north
This was all followed by some
fairly intensive form filling then plan, section and elevation drawing
plus we spent a rather frustrating hour or more taking levels from a
fixed point up on the top of the dam to the west down to a temporary
site datum on one of the more stable looking stones. Once that was all
done we started on excavating down in front of the eastern section of walling and emptied the other half of the ditch.
This seems to be lined along its eastern side with quite a lot of
rubble that has slumped down possibly from some yet unidentified
structure to the east.
We are now digging well below the level of the stream and occasional
bailing out is
We need a lot of equipment to work effectively and it has to be carried
down and carried back.
First sight of timber work in front of the opening, view looking north
New courses of walling appear on the eastern part of the walling, view
Further work revealed a wall which
continued to plunge downwards and a perplexing relationship between
ditch, wall and clay bank. Eventually we made a start on removing the
rubble tumbled into the ditch in the hope that a further structure to
east might be revealed, no such luck. On the other hand the timber work
continued to grow in complexity but it is still hard to really identify
how anything functioned down in our sluice... if indeed it is a sluice.
Peter crammed into an increasingly narrow space in front of the eastern
The ditch comes in from the bottom and meets the clay bank but we still
have to clarify their relationship.
Time to start giving the timber work a meticulous clean, the tools of
the trade are spread out. Making progress, the timber upright to
the left has a mortise cut in it and the central channel seems to have
a stone base.
... and yes we are working well below the level of the stream.
Peter continues to explore the rubble bank and discovers a structure!
Possibly a post setting whilst next to the stream work continues to
clean and expose the timber work.
The section was extended to show the full extent of the clay blocking
bank and Helen works to remove the last of the clay from behind the
eastern section of walling.
By the end of the month we have certainly exposed some serious
structural evidence for a.... what? Well it remains an open question
but we're still calling it a sluice.