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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Monday, 20 May 2013
Pots and public archaeology
Maeve sums up the end of week 2:
Friday came with perfect digging conditions. Rain from the previous night definitely made trowelling and scraping much easier. Our team (Team C) was assigned public archaeology in the morning and we all took it in turns to talk to passers-by. I enjoyed this as most of the public were really friendly and it felt good to be able to answer most of the questions we were asked. While doing PA, me, Rhi and Hayley continued to remove the top 2 inches of earth from a context in the NE of the site. This context revealed some great finds such as a bronze ring, the base of a roman vessel and several fragments of a black medieval jug, two of which appear to fit together. Playing 20 questions while we were working also meant that we had a pretty fun morning.
In the afternoon our team went finds washing which I found weirdly fun. We were allowed to wash finds from our own contexts and it was really satisfying washing things that we had found ourselves. While we were washing we were all singing to Ryan’s music which made it a pretty fun afternoon. The whole day overall was a good end to our second week at the park :D