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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Saturday, 22 May 2010
A Successful Saturday Open Day
Meggen writes -
What a great day on site. We didn't get too much digging done, but new features did emerge today including what looks like another ditch parallel to our first one! Not quite sure what is happening yet but we've got four more days of digging next week to try and figure it out.
The big event today was our Saturday Open Day. From 10am we had a pretty steady stream of visitors getting site tours, looking at and even helping us wash finds, making their own dig-inspired medieval floor tiles and the smaller would-be archaeologists excavated in their own 'mini-dig.' The sun beat down all day, my shoulders are sunburnt and I don't think I sat down once in 6 hours. Thankfully I had a great bunch of archaeology students (including some helpful final year students) and a group of history students really doing all the hard work. We hope everyone enjoyed it!
Karen adds -
Wow! Another amazing day both in the weather and our Open Day!
Our full Open Day started as the heat climbed even higher than yesterday! We had many visiters to our site, all of whom were very interested in what we were doing in the trench. The finds, excavated in the Park over the years, were much admired especially as some were able to make their own Medieval tile with the Potter and compare them with the real tile. All the students, archaeology and history, worked so hard and continued to keep a smile on their faces!
Some, we discovered, had hidden talents - like Hayley who 'wowed' the future young archaeologists. Others, like Michael C. was an absolute hit with a group of lively ladies celebrating a 'Hen-Party' ..... I think he is still recovering from the shock of that experience!
As for our supervisors, they were unflagging in their enthusiasm and cheering us on as we began to wilt slightly towards the end of the day!
Oh yes - archaeology and the dig. We did find a possible feature that is running parallel to the boundary ditch, which we hope to find out more next week whe we go back on Tuesday.