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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Tuesday, 18 May 2010
A famous visitor....
Dean's account of the day -
The sun does strange things to people. As temperatures soared, the great and the good of Chester seemed to spring into life, with an above average amount of visitors to the dig today. Whilst heckles of "stupid architects!" and "have you found any mummies?" might bring the school system into question, the majority of visitors were genuinely interested and had an impressive grasp of their local heritage.
To round off a vistor-packed afternoon, Ron Dixon of 'Brookside' fame came to have a nose at the archaeology; although, those born after 1990 had no idea who he was. Unfortunately, there was no sign of Sinbad or Jimmy Corkhill.
Jenny writes -
We all started off the morning doing excavation, but did not do this for long as we had an interesting talk about how to do soil sampling and why it is important. My group then did another photography session, which also involved creating some humourous 'action' shots of both our team and the other team on site by getting people to obviously pose as if they were working (not that they weren't working haha!). The weather has put everyone in a good mood and has brought more people out to the park and so we are getting more interest in our dig .
Meggen comments -
Work is progressing well. Yesterday was all action, but today's progress was a bit more laid-back. Our recent water pipe in Trench VII appears to have a new element to it, which we've been able to see as the soil dries. It looks like it is either sitting in a recut of a bigger trench or we have another rather large feature or deposit to explore.
I haven't been able to be on site much this week due to office commitments. I fear the students are getting restless, as they were demanding baked goods and imported American snack cakes! At least they are still working hard.