The walkover survey took us from the end of Lincoln Road (near the railway bridge) to just east of the Pumping Station just off Cowpaddle Lane
James (in front of Matt) using the gauge auger to expose what was beneath our feet and to see how close we are to the ancient river channel.
auger is a sharp ended tube with a slot cut in the side. This can be pushed into the the ground, twisted, and then carefully extracted with a thin sample of the material
though which the auger has passed trapped in the tube."Brief description from Oxford concise dictionary of Archaeology,
explaining the makeup of the core that had just been retrieved
Some bovine onlookers
Some back breaking work. Using the auger, we are able to discover
the course of the river channel, which today is only apparent by dips or rises in the landscape
Here is a view of a core that was retrieved, showing the
sedimentary layers and inclusions that tell us where in the river plain this would have come from
An example of the depth the river channel goes to, we had put
the auger down to a depth of 5m and still hadn’t reached the bottom of the ancient river channel.
We’ll include a much more in depth report from the future
auger surveys of the Witham Valley, but for now this is just a taster.
By the end of the auger survey, it is hoped that we should have a much better picture of
what the south side of the Witham Valley (the Washingborough side) would have looked like at certain times in history.
Pictures & text by Alex Loven