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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Monday, 10 May 2010
Ye olde Optrex and a once intact bottle
There was a bit of a chilly start today and in the morning my group were lucky enough to be in Albion Street where it was lovely and warm! We each washed a selection of the artefacts that we have found during the recent excavation. It was really enjoyable to see how an artefact covered in mud could actually be a beautiful piece of pottery or glass. There was an interesting fragment of dark blue glass which appeared to have the 'ye olde Optrex' stamp on it.
In the afternoon we attempted to plan a section of trench VI and then went on to use the level to record heights on the specific section of the trench. All in all a good day!
The most easy going day for group C thus far. This morning we were introduced to plan drawing. We drew a feature half-sectioned (when you dig out half the feature) by Hayley in the NE part of trench VI. It was very straight forward, but, most importantly, NOT MANUAL LABOUR!
In the afternoon the group had its finds cleaning session showing the yays and nays of washing objects. You could eat your dinner off those broken shards of plate. But the most important lesson today was when Mike C demonstrated excavation is destruction by putting a mattock through an intact glass bottle.
Today team A was digging treanch VII and we finally managed to find the features we were looking for.
After a morning of photography, Karen, Rachel and Jonathan managed to define the test pit that we have been looking for for the last 3 days of excavation and I finally found the pipe that's running through our trench. On top of this we also found clay pipe, pottery and glass as well as a tooth - probably from a cow.
Other finds of note were a whole glass bottle - up until Mike C put a mattock through it and some pistol shot found by our site metel detectorist.