We’ve had a good few days at Lochbrow. The weather yesterday (Wednesday) wasn’t as bad as was forecasted, so we made good progress surveying the line of the cursus. When we downloaded the data at the end of the day yesterday, there were tantalising glimpses of additional features and perhaps even the line of the cursus beginning to show in the data. Another good day today means that progress has been even better and, when we added the data gathered today to that gathered previously, it became obvious that we have indeed detected the cursus boundary. We still need to get the data into a GIS and compare it to the interpretation of the cropmarks, but it is possible that our geophysical data is filling in the gaps in the cropmarks. This is thrilling and more than we could have hoped for. There’s more work to be done, but this is a very pleasing result.
We’ve also been continuing with our experiential survey and have covered a lot of ground so far. This will help us build up a picture of changing perception across the landscape and to consider the way in which sight and sound alters across the landscape. As part of this we’ve flagged out the archaeological features in both fields including, for the first time, the later prehistoric palisaded enclosures in the south field. This has revealed some interesting aspects of their location which weren’t obvious before, giving us new insights into these sites and their landscape location. All in all a successful few days. Hopefully our final couple of days will go so well.