Buttway Field, St Helen's Church Dig, Cliffe, Kent. Day 2.

Day 2 and thing are really starting to get interesting on site, after removing the turf yesterday we immediately hit a metalled gravel, chalk and flint surface layer that seems to be across the whole field. This was expected from the 3 test pits dug earlier in the year. Whats interesting is the amount and type of finds in the topsoil and the metalled surface itself. The finds so far are uncleaned or processed but we are finding some unusual stuff so forgive the vague descriptions and dates. Today I have seen pot dating from the Roman/Medieval period right up to the 20th century. Other small finds include ceramic bead, small buckle, pound coin, tile and assorted settlement activity all just under the turf!!! Due to the hot weather and complex archaeology its slow going but everyone is working really hard for this community project (because we all know how important this site is). A special thanks to all the local kids that are helping, its great to see them getting involved in understanding and digging there local history. Oh and one last thing you know how the local legend states  “the Village Green adjoining the churchyard on the south goes by the name of Butt-way, and probably an undisclosed portion of the area upon which the Parish butts were set up in the days when the use of the long-bow was obligatory upon every able-bodied free-man below the rank of knight or Esquire.”. I was never convinced of this because I have never seen any evidence of it, but this came up today from the dig (see picture) and now I'm not so sure... Cant wait to get stuck in tomorrow and see whats next. Not forgetting the MASSIVE building underneath that we haven't even got near! Why not pop up and ask questions we encourage any and all involvement we are onsite for the next 2 weeks. 

Arrow head or crossbow bolt..

Arrow head or crossbow bolt..