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, 7 May 2013
Mad dogs and Englishmen...
Michael reflects on a hard but enjoyable day:
Today was the first day of the excavation in Grosvenor Park. The task that was set to us by the staff was to excavate the layer of last year’s backfill which is situated above the sheet of material protecting the archaeology. We acquired our tools and immediately set about the task at hand in our specified groups. The weather today was very hot and had little cloud cover, so everyone including myself was very hot and a few of us were sunburned due to forgetting suntan lotion (it's on the kit list!-ed.). Due to the heat everyone felt dehydrated but plenty of water was brought in order to keep everyone in a happy mood.
During the excavation itself, already a great many number of finds were discovered by myself and many other people; these finds were primarily the stems and occasionally the heels of clay tobacco pipes; ceramic sherds and pieces of glass bottles. The fact that we were all digging for almost seven hours, took its toll, such as blisters and sore hands, however, I found it to be an enjoyable experience and did not find the digging all too difficult.