Tuesday 14th May: On Day 6 it’s Happy Birthday to Helen, and Michael, Liz, Marc and Rafie reflect on the day as digging starts in earnest
Once I had put my marigolds (rubber gloves) away and had lunch, we resumed our duties on the dig site where (a little to my disappointment) I discovered that my grave had been worked on vigorously by two of my colleagues and much progress had been made to reach the bottom.........which was empty, save for a beautifully preserved piece of Roman Samian ware with an intricate horse detail on it. Bearing in mind we had been told that the grave could well have been that of a small child, I was in a small way, a little relieved that no remains had been found.....I guess I'd better toughen up! The rest of the afternoon I spent excavating a patch which revealed some interesting Roman brick work as well as more sherds and a load of animal bones, dating mostly back to late medieval times. As a group we are all getting the feeling that the old Roman road is getting very near and we may just be in store for a few surprises.......here’s hoping!
We had great time washing different pieces of pottery, clay pipe, glass and bone, and Julie explained us how to recognize basic features in order to give a first attempt of dating.
After the break, we joined the others on site and we carried on troweling and digging on the site. While digging up some of the features we came across very interesting finds, which was really exciting because for some of us was the first chance to excavate new archaeological features. Some amazing pieces of bones were found, especially a possible skull of a horse and some pieces of pottery, such as amphorae and bits of ceramic decorations. While some people were taking up new features, other started to do some sketches and plans of the site and to take measurements with the dumpy level.
Now that we are really into the archaeological job, we are all looking forward to dig more, find new features and get involved in all the different archaeological tasks on site!