We're back for our 11th season during which examination of trench IV will be continued. Our work will examine the interior of the masonry building (the possible chapel) with its drain discharging into the ditch, the western part of the ditch feature where it is overlain by the medieval building and the underlying deposits. This year trench IV will also be extended to the south in order to locate and examine a stone structure identified during the excavation of a service trench in 2013.
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Saturday, 30 May 2015
Day 14: Treasure at last!
A very successful morning. Whilst taking away the clay mound in the far northwest corner of the site, trying to determine whether we had another stone foundation, Meg began troweling what looked to be an emerald coloured stone. When we further analysed the object however, it became clear that it was much more precious and significant. A truly amazing discovery which captured the attention of all our group, as well as Julie and Dan. We thought we found an intact medieval coin engravined with a short cross.
After further research by Julie and Dan it turns out that this small treasure is a Jetton counter. Not relating to currency or used for trading, but used during the medieval period as a calculation counter, similar to an abacus but used on a chequered board/table. This particular Jetton piece is most likely to be French, indicated by its detailed design and was probably manufactured sometime in the 14th century. Jetton counters were popularly made in areas like Paris and were imported by countries such as England, Spain and others. Trading however, slowly came to an end as independent production systems were established from the 16th century onward and the need for French Jettons ceased.