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Unitof1 Wrote:just had a long linear coming out of my.......

Thank you for muddying the waters. So to speak...
come on in plan they are all long linears. ::::::::::::
best way to learn about features is to dig them yourself. i have worked in construction quite a bit of the years and what i have seen and done on building sites has been every bit as useful as anything done on an archaeological site.
richard cherrington Wrote:best way to learn about features is to dig them yourself. i have worked in construction quite a bit of the years and what i have seen and done on building sites has been every bit as useful as anything done on an archaeological site.

Too true!

I learned loads about prehistoric/RB ditches/gullies, drainage and the practicalities of digging on the last site.

It was a long running large are excavation. It rained and flooded a lot.

We had to dig many drainage channels by hand to get at the archaeology. Had some experts on site too, ex-ditch diggers.

Learned lots.

Using the water you are draining as a 'level' and as a lubricant to get the nasty clay off your spade/shovel works a treat
My background in building does often give me cause to question assumptions on site. Sometimes I can be convinced, other times not. But it's nice to have a different perspective.
I found a couple of bizarre ditches today on GoogleEarth, they seem to run around in circles, one inside the other, show as soil marks and, at least in 1945, were crossed by a hedge. Whole thing's about 30m in diameter and not mentioned by the HER. They don't seem to fit in well with Unit's 'linear' ditch view...wierd... }Smile ...
I have come across a few ironage/bronze age round ditches which seemed to have been crossed out by Roman ditches but I must admit that the appearance of hedges in 1945 crossing bizarre circular running ditches is a whole new subject to me. It sounds like you have rings on top of rings, I think that there was an Olympics in Britain in 1948 which might work with your description but I suspect that the cropmarks in google earth have the same origin as my long linears. Do you find that they cause you to squint?
Unit, I would have thought you'd be an expert in early prehistoric ditches.............

The allotment of land into parcels.....possibly indicating ownership..............and dare I say it, prehistoric copyright?:face-stir:}Smile
Dinosaur Wrote:I found a couple of bizarre ditches today on GoogleEarth, they seem to run around in circles, one inside the other, show as soil marks and, at least in 1945, were crossed by a hedge. Whole thing's about 30m in diameter and not mentioned by the HER. They don't seem to fit in well with Unit's 'linear' ditch view...wierd... }Smile ...

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adjective 1. of, consisting of, or using lines: linear design.

2. pertaining to or represented by lines: linear dimensions.

3. extended or arranged in a line: a linear series.

4. involving measurement in one dimension only; pertaining to length: linear measure.

5. of or pertaining to the characteristics of a work of art in which forms and rhythms are defined chiefly in terms of line.




weird indeed
Think it's a bit late querying spelling on here!
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