Today we went back to a farm near Dacre and started to open up a large area around where we found the stone platform.
The photo shows the initial relatively narrow strip joining 2 old trenches to get a feel of the place.
We cleaned it down to the base of the turf layer and then started on a second strip further away from the tree.
The tree will have so heavily disturbed the ground it we don’t really want to go nearer, and of course do not want to damage the tree.
We feel that the hot summer has emphasised the back part (ie behind the tree) of the potential circular feature , and therefore emphasises the need to undertake this dig.
We started the next the strip further out from the tree and uncovered some large stones .
We will NOT be there next Tuesday (2/10) as a number of us are helping out at a local primary school archaeology day but we will be there 9,16,23 October( likely to be there most of the winter )
We will continue to open up a bigger area and cleaning it until we have a clear view/record of the under the turf layer before going down.
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