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Third Week of 2021 Excavations at Aska
Finished the north trench with the high seat & foil figure concentration, started backfilling.
Emptied the recent refuse pits in the south trench, uncovered and sectioned the south wall line and four buttress postholes outside it.
Opened a third trench over the hall’s north-east gate.
Few artefact finds, of which the most interesting is our second 13/1400s crossbow bolt.
I’ve had an idea about what happened to the platform after the mead hall was torn down in the later 900s. We have wondered why there is no sign of activity or damage between 1000 and 1800. Aska was probably the härad assembly site in the 1000s and 1100s. Was the platform maintained as a thing mound?