The pottery theme continues at Godolphin, as today we saw some more examples of Mike Dodd’s work. Mike Dodd worked with Peter Schofield in the Cider House Pottery, and luckily the Godolphin Property Development Manager Malcolm, had some pieces to bring in and compare with our finds.
Trench D, which covers the site of the original pottery has been extended today, with more help from our Ranger Pip and a mini digger. Gently taking the surface off with a digger will enable us to make progress in the trench, without damaging any of the finds.
Those of you who have visited today will also have noticed that we’ve opened another trench, trench E. It is unknown whether work on this trench will continue at present due to the proximity of trench E to a wasp’s nest…
We’ve covered the pots, so what’s all this about horses? Well today we found two rather special horse shoes, one which we suspect belonged to a very large horse! Uncovering these horseshoes tells us that access for carts carrying cider apples would have come via a track through the orchard.
It’s great for us to be able to learn more about farming here at Godolphin, and that includes cider making. Agriculture is the main industry that links Godolphin’s past to its future. We are still farming here today, and have a flock of Poll Dorset sheep to join our herd of Red Devons this year.
I’d also like to thank Pool Academy for their visit to Godolphin today. The students completed various archaeological activities, including helping us with brushing, washing and packing finds. Hopefully they will be working on their own dig sites in the future!