CAER 2017 Begins... Thursday 4th May!

CAER 2017 Begins... Thursday 4th May!
What will be uncovered this year?
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, 29 May 2012

The Final Week

Emma updates us on Monday's news:

Today was the start of the last week of the excavation. It’s strange to think that next week that we won’t be digging, but putting the finishing touches to our portfolios instead.

For Monday’s task there was not much digging involved. Group D was assigned to clear up some areas of the trench that needed to be photographed. It’s important to have the site look tidy for photographs just in case they are ever used for publications. By mid-morning we were sent to the Chester Renaissance building to get a further session in photography. Unlike the session we had in week 1 this time we were giving open criticism on the photos that we had taken in week one. This was insightful as it was good to have a better idea on how to improve our photography skills. For the rest of the afternoon we were sent back to the trench to clear more areas.

To give our readers a little update about the site - I would like to mention that we now believe the building we are investigating was a Medieval chapel that was later converted to a residence after the Dissolution. We’ve been uncovering a lot of decorated floor tiles from this period that are normally associated with chapels. Other features that we have discovered also point to the building being a former chapel. 

This is my final blog entry. I would like to thank the site team for giving us the opportunity to be a part of this excavation and for teaching us a lot of skills. I would also like to thank Meggen for spoiling us all with home-made treats. I’ve really enjoyed the last few weeks. It’s been brilliant.
Emma (in black) prepares the site for photographs.

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