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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Wednesday, 8 May 2013

The future looks bright (if you can take a good photograph)



Andrew reflects on small victories:
 
Today ended in near victory, the backfill my group (group D) was digging from the previous year has almost all been removed, through hard work, mattocking and many wheelbarrow trips. On the finds count there was not much of interest to note. Of course we found a great deal of clay pipe (including a bowl for once), but we also found more pottery and a surprising amount of glass.

Photography was our first break from manual labour and it was well received. I really had not considered the amount of careful planning and decision making that goes into framing and taking pictures of archaeological sites. Especially when considering perhaps in fifty years a future archaeologist looking through images of the site and wanting to know exactly where everything was taken.

All in all the future looks bright for Thursday and group D will almost certainly have finished a significant part of the remaining backfill and will be mattocking away quite happily so long as the weather holds up.

 Andrew and Helen removing backfill
Group D get to grips with archaeological photography

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