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The end of the dig is upon us... it brings sun and a well-deserved trip to the pub...

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Julie gives us a wonderful overview of the post-Roman finds from this year's excavations...

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After a bit of a slow start quite a large assemblage of finds has been retrieved over the last 3 and a half weeks and predictably this week the excavation of part of a ditch running north/south across the site is producing bags and bags of animal bone and pottery.

Last year’s backfill produced an amazing range of finds: clay tobacco pipes, lead shot, fragments of Samian pottery, as well as Westerwald stoneware and post-medieval Spanish olive jar and a variety of other post-medieval wares, including slipware dish fragments, blackware vessels and pieces of Cistercian ware cups. It’s interesting to see what ended up on last year’s spoil heap rather than in finds trays but it is easy to miss fragments when it’s wet and muddy. Once the backfill had been removed the quantity of clay tobacco pipes found fell considerably and stopped completely after the last of the 17th century demolition deposits were removed from the south side of the trench. It looks as if we are firmly in the 16th century…

It's the last few days on site, Ben and Christian bring us up to date...

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Wednesday 29th May - Cat and Ryan report...

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Ryan’s plans are scuppered by the changeable weather…
As the last day approaches it's all hands on deck as everybody is trying to finish the features and other areas of interest before Friday comes. The weather has been vile over the past few days starting mostly with the open afternoon which happened yesterday. To everyone's surprise, we had quite a few people turning up, even in the continuous heavy downpour of rain. As for today, the morning was sunny and the afternoon was dull and overcast until the last hour when, yes, the heavens opened AGAIN. The context that Michael and I have been digging has finally been finished, removing the mortar and brick layer. We used the last hour of the day to plan the feature but with the dumpy level ready and set up it decided to rain so we left it until tomorrow. Group C finished the last session of finds washing this morning and we now have a completed list for the portfolio. All in all another day on site however with the end looming its…

Tuesday 28th (continued!)

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Maeve reflect's on Tuesday's events...

Tuesday was a pretty fun day, despite it consisting of rain, mud and more mud. In the morning me, Cat, Jay and Dan were taught how to do geophysics with Amy and Meggen (who we were all happy to see!). We measured and set up the ropes and the resistivity machine adjacent to the site. This was to try and determine how far the features seen in the trench continue across the park. However we had some problems with the machine as the ground was too compact, so this will be continued another day.

It was open afternoon after lunch and while some people were giving tours and washing finds me and Cat were still trowelling in the pouring rain. Our finds mostly consisted of bone and tiny fragments of pottery and after around 2 hours of trowelling we were slowly starting to sink into the mud! We swapped with some others so we could do finds after this and enjoyed talking to the public about our finds (in a nice dry tent!). Despite being covered head to…

Rafi and Marc report on a slightly soggy but successful Open afternoon at the site!

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Rafi...
Today has been the coldest and rainiest day of the four weeks, but possibly the funniest!
In the morning, my team went to the finds store for the final finds session in which we finished our "finds record sheet" with the help of Gill and many interesting books. We definitely have gained a lot of practice and we realized we can easily recognise most of the artefacts in our trays. After that, we carried on washing and marking some finds, while Gill explained what we were doing and what we had found.
In the afternoon all the team were on site for an exciting (and wet) open day. Despite the rain, many people gathered around (we were really pleased to see people from past weeks coming back for the open day). We showed them the site and how we worked (digging and troweling), we displayed the best artefacts (pottery, glass, etc.) found also in past years, and we did some washing of finds directly on site, to make people see how it worked. Despite the rain, it has been a su…

Daniel and Andrew report on Friday finds washing

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