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, 22 May 2012

The trench becomes a popular tourist attraction

So another day in the trenches begins with beautiful sunshine. And we all learnt the importance of sunhats and suncream. Already the competition for the worst sunburn has begun, but luckily I have my special suncream protection with super powers to protect me from the burning sun attacking little me and my ginger hair and fair skin.
So weather report over, the park was full with people (or the public as we now refer to them). And so interested with our discoveries they were, that some members of Group A found it impossible to stay in the trench with the overflow of questions and queries. Not to mention any names, but we can all tell when you linger longer than necessary on the way to empty your bucket in the hopes that someone will come up to the fence so you can start a long-winded explanation of the linear feature you are currently digging... In all honesty though, talking to the public is good fun and it is refreshing to meet such lovely, interested people. And even I enjoy the break from the breeze-less trench occasionally.

In finds news, Will Ma. stole the day with his key. Sorry Jonathan, but I think he trumped your three dice. Ten points for the person who finds the chest of gold it opens!

We also had a talk from Ian Smith today about the importance and relevance of environmental archaeology. Informative and certainly something that needs looking into further. Personally, I would rather like to be able to tell the difference between a bird bone and a mammal bone with all the examples we have uncovered.

With the third week well on its way to being hot and sunny, our interaction with the public on red alert and finds popping up all over the shop, it looks to be a good’n.

Lauren talks to visitors - lots of visitors!

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