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, 15 May 2012

It’s Finally Sunny!



Jonathan excavates a timber framed structure:

While last week’s weather conditions varied greatly, we were finally greeted with a whole day of sun today. However, this novelty quickly wore off when we discovered the effects on the soil.  It was rock solid. Despite this we continued to excavate our context, in this we were greatly assisted by Timothy the bee and his friends. We now believe the context is a fill from where a timber framed structure had originally been constructed and subsequently removed. Unlike Friday, when we excavated an array of finds including floor tile and a bone die, we were left disappointed today finding very little except animal bone and a vast quantity of degrading snail shells; however, we remain optimistic.

We also had a lecture on the importance of the public’s perception of archaeology, its branding and communication in relation to Chester Council’s current focus of renovating the city walls today, which showed us that as archaeologists it was important to inform the public about our work.

Jonathan (centre) excavating the beam slot of the timber framed structure.

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