2009/10 – we performed our first survey in the field across the northern side of Norton Road. We located a cursus (a ditched track way) that had been found when the A1 was cut, some possible round barrows (burial mounds) as well as other anomalies.
2011 – Our target was Church Field (just to the North of the church) where we surveyed 2.84 hectares. Although we failed to find conclusive evidence of the medieval village of Norton (our remit), we found many interesting anomalies including possible medieval field boundaries, ancient track ways and a possible Roman feature. Below is the acquired Resistance data.
2012 – Our remit this year was to survey the area of Stapleton’s Field that was designated for the excavation this year.
Adjacent is is the resistance data aquired.
The excavation of 2010/11 had identified the henge and we were initially asked to survey the 40x40m area that is now being excavated – but the team had bigger plans!Between February and April we surveyed a total of 3.6 hectares covering the henge site and its surrounding area. The results can be seen adjacent. The henge can clearly be seen together with an enclosure ditch. The ditch is now thought to be dated to the Roman period following excavations in 2012
Between April and June we continued our surveying and have completed a further 4.5 hectares covering the area between the henge and the bottom of the field near the A1. We are now interpreting our findings and possible ring ditches, a triple ditch and evidence of ridge and furrow working may have been located within the survey area.
2013 – We are hoping to continue our surveying of Stapleton’s Field when the target will be to complete the south/south-western side of the field so as to hopefully provide a comprehensive ‘plot’ of the possible archaeological anomalies within the field. At present the conditions of the vegetation are not consistent with surveying but we are continually monitoring the situation. Other survey sites are also under discussion.
Geophysics produces a ‘plot’ or ‘plan’ of what we cannot see in the soil beneath our feet whilst not disturbing it. However it must be remembered that nothing is proven until the area has been further explored – as with our excavation.
Our Geophysics team are an enthusiastic and friendly group who work mainly in the autumn, winter and spring when ground conditions are better for surveying.
All members of NCAG are welcome and details of how to join us are available from our web site www.nortoncommarch.com