I have packaged up my finds to date and taken them to a local museum for any possible help that is available to identify pottery types and dates.
What with that and catching up on assembling photographs and documentation from previous digs I have had my head down and I have not been able to open another test pit.
But I have got a location in the garden staked out ready. As it is further down the garden it means that it is more than likely to be in an area that has been continuously cultivated for centuries. I predict that I will find the same cross section of pottery but less of it. But I could be wrong. We will see.
More and more, the idea of community test-pitting as an organised event appeals to me, if only for the chance of being able to engage the necessary archaeological expertise. Having to go out and find that expertise as an individual is not easy.
I have tentatively started to ask others in the village if they would be willing to be involved by making a part of their garden available.