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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Wednesday, 8 May 2013
Rhianna 'captures' day 2:
The second day of excavation started with a renewed sense of determination to reach the end of the backfill in our various areas, as the features within the site became more prominent. This made us feel more excited and attached to the particular parts we excavated, especially when the different sections started to connect with each other or they finally reached the protective sheet. This in particular made me feel rather unhappy to leave the drainage system that my group had been working on to take part in other activities as I wanted to rejoin it as soon as possible and uncover more of the features.
Later through the day the different groups split up to do different tasks, which did provide some relief from the heavy labour that we had to endure the day before. My group (group C) had to do some photography which provided an insight on how to do a general site photo with the main method and chant of frame, clear the site (of tools, people and rubbish etc.), mark the site with ranging rods to provide a sense of scale with the site number board within view and then take the picture. Another task that our group had to do was levelling to provide a 3D context to the site. Simon helped us to understand how to set up and use the dumpy level which we used to take down readings from the staff. Overall we are making good progress as the work is tiring but rewarding and I cannot wait to carry on tomorrow.