A small trench was opened over the entrance to a large and ambiguous enclosure on the west side of the road. Our initial survey of the site had raised a question about whether it was related to the medieval village or was perhaps something later.
Although only measuring a few square metres in area, the trench revealed the highest concentration of medieval pottery discovered so far on the site. Along with a spread of metal-working (smithing) waste from close to the causeway, we are starting to build up a picture of the kinds of activity that people were doing in the village, and also constantly refining the dates of occupation of the settlement.
Perhaps the greatest success so far has been in the wide variety of volunteers who have freely given their time and energy to make the project so enjoyable and informative for all of us involved. We have had great support from the local community as well as people coming from some distance away, even visitors from overseas! Also, we have been lucky enough to have five separate groups of pupils from local primary schools come and dig test pits near the village church, searching for medieval remains at a previously unexplored locale.