Having examined the information about the site at Sedgeford, there are a number of different methods that I think would benefit the site. Firstly, a period of fieldwalking may be useful to identify different features and find small artifacts which may aid the investigation. This method is good for sites spread over a large area, such as Sedgeford, and may help the volunteers define the edges of the potential Anglo Saxon settlement which was suggested by the BBC News article (Roskams, 2001). Additionally, fieldwalking may bring up new surprises about the site. The website for the dig also mentions that geophysics has been done to identify prominent features.
However, it gives the boundaries of the area and these look rather small – it may be beneficial to do geophysics over a larger area to find more potential spots for finds and features. Additionally, geophysics might give some more insight into how the clay oven fits into the wider scenario of the potential settlement and whereabouts in the town that it was. Another method that may be of use to this site is flotation.
It is evidently clear from the discussion that although the BBC News article and the official SHARP website suggest that some small features may give a clue as to the use of this oven, there is no mention of flotation. Flotation can be used to find small soils or grains that can give a clue as to the use of the area – in this case, grains or small particles of bread may be found that confirm or deny that this was in fact used as a bread oven. Additionally, if used on a wider scale across the site there may be more interesting objects showing if there were other bakery-related buildings or other grain houses (Renfrew & Bahn, 2012).
Overall, there are many different directions in which the site can go to find out more about the Anglo-Saxon roots of the area and using a variety of archaeological methods could help improve the finds.
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