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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Saturday, 11 May 2013

Donuts!



Maeve sums up  Day 4 and the end of the first week:

As the first week of digging comes to a close the site is almost ready for excavation. In the morning my team (Team C) continued to remove the soil that was still covering the remaining terram.  The wet weather definitely made this easier and most of the soil could be removed with the use of hand shovels and trowels. This was much appreciated by everybody as many of us were still sore from the digging at the beginning of the week. The buckets of soil were much heavier today due to the wet weather and the path leading up the soil heap was VERY muddy and slippery resulting in me nearly falling over quite a few times .. It was a very messy morning and we were troweling mud off each other by the end of the morning.  A small number of finds were found today, including pottery, glass and of course clay pipe fragments. However, I think we unearthed more worms than artefacts overall.

During the break Amy brought in donuts which was awesome! After the break Team C and Team D had a short introduction on public archaeology. After this we went on a walk around the Chester walls and visited another excavation site on George Street where a commercial archaeology team (Earthworks Archaeology) was excavating. This was interesting as we got to hear what archaeology was actually like as a job and see what they had found on their site. This gave us an idea of what would be expected of us when the public visited our site. Overall we had a pretty enjoyable day and our team look forward to starting to excavate next week :D

 Maeve and her team getting muddy!

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