b'Two Late Iron Age pieces (approximately 2000 years old) from the five found in 2005. They fit together and they are from the rim of a cooking pot. Iron Age. They appeared to be from the same vessel,after having been dug. However, there had apparently a cooking pot with an opening diameter of aboutbeen time for burning in the vicinity to coat the sides 22cm. with the charcoal material.After these finds it became obvious that the ditchThe plan for 2006 is to conduct a more modest dig in-fill being removed was very different from theat the bottom of the garden closer to the back lane.previous years dig. The smooth stones (pot-boilers)After that (but not in 2006) the 4.5m distance and animal bones found in 2004 were absent andbetween the 2004 and the 2005 trenches gives room even pottery fragments were few. for a future dig that would be guaranteed Late Iron From layer 6 down it appeared at first that theAge and possibly Roman finds. Also, continuing down natural sub-soil had been reached. But localisedthe garden from 2005s trench (fruit trees permitting) excavation away from the sloping side andmight eventually establish where the ditch feature downwards proved that the ditch feature did in factends (if it is within the garden).descend to 1.5m (at least) as before and the familiarIn summary, 2005s efforts demonstrated the solid compaction of chalk above clay was revealed.following:Significantly perhaps, between the removed in-fillThe ditch first discovered in 2003 does continue and the clay side there was a thin deposit of a blackdown the garden for approximately 10m at a depth of charcoal-like substance. at least 1.5m.In the rest of the trench, sections were takenThe ditch runs into the garden at an angle to the down below layer 6 but nothing was found. Therefore,boundary rather than alongside it.the complete excavation of the trench to 1.5m wasThe width of the ditch at its top must be abandoned.approximately 3.8 m. But as both sides have not been Assessing the evidence it would appear that at therevealed in one trench a definite figure cannot be time the pieces of the cooking pot were discardedgiven.there was a modest ditch about 20 to 30 cms deepConsidering that the initial objective was limited to (assuming the ground level to be 30 to 40cms lowerfinding something out about the mediaeval settlement than now). A dark layer of soil (deeper at the centreof the village, the outcome of 3 years of back-garden of the feature) just above the 60cm level suggestedarchaeology at No. 11 has been very successful! This that the filling-in had been gradual above this point.is especially true as other excavations in the village Below the 60cm level, although the content was nothave not unearthed evidence of Late Iron Age activity.the natural subsoil the fact that it was free of finds suggests that the ditch had been back-filled soon BULLETIN 14 241'