Friends of Castleshaw Roman Forts Day at Water’s Clough 13th May 2017
In case you don’t know where Water’s Clough is, and honestly not many of us did until last year, it’s the stream area where the Roman Road disappears out of the Castleshaw Valley before it appears again up the hill to the Forts. Here’s a small map to show our area of investigation…
It’s roped up just now for the geophyz, but you might be able to detect the agger, look to the right of the image and you can see the slope going down.
We did some initial geophyz of this area last June.. Below is the result and you can so clearly see the road now in black on the geophyz image. It’s really easy to see the continuation of the road and the probable site of the bridging to get it across the water.
Here’s the geophyz team for today, using the nice upgraded meter, Phil with his best supervisor’s hat on, and Rob from 3rd yr Uni of Mancs. He says he’s finished his dissertation so it’s ok to be here!
Also trying her hand at a bit of geophyz was Eleanor…
Norman (our leader) planned to put test pits across the part of the road that was surveyed in June as mentioned, and he had five placed in a line as in this photo.
and John and Nora with Eleanor
“The line of test pits established that the Roman road is present at this point but quite badly degraded with only the bottom foundation material surviving as quite a shallow deposit. It looks as though there has been heavy recycling of the road material at this point at a later date after it goes out of use – it doesn’t survive to anything like the depth of the Causeway Sett section dug by Saddleworth Historical Society in the 1970s. The road appears to be laid onto a prepared flat natural clay bed with no evidence for road side ditches or buried ground surface, although of course we only sampled a small part of the road.”
These are images from the geophyz… overlaid on to the earth image, with measurements, the 2017 geophyz itself, and then the two images – 2016 and 2017 together.
And here’s Sue, Rob, Mark and Eleanor standing on the corners of another building. Norman again: “I spotted (this one) which lies close to the ruined one but which we haven’t noticed before. I intend to go back soon and investigate this as it is becoming clear the ruin is part of a larger complex of structures and earthworks. All in all, a useful day!”
And we all agree… watch this space for more!
All geophyz processing and imaging by Phil Barrett; earth photo courtesy of Norman Redhead; photos by Norman Redhead and Jane Neild. Lead archaeologist Norman Redhead. Dig team today: Sue; Cliff; Mike; Steve; John; Nora; Nick; Gill; Eleanor. Geophyz team: Phil; Rob. Blog by Bloggerina.