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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Thursday, 30 May 2013
Wednesday 29th May - Cat and Ryan report...
Ryan’s plans are scuppered by the changeable weather…
As the last day approaches it's all hands on deck as everybody is trying to finish the features and other areas of interest before Friday comes. The weather has been vile over the past few days starting mostly with the open afternoon which happened yesterday. To everyone's surprise, we had quite a few people turning up, even in the continuous heavy downpour of rain. As for today, the morning was sunny and the afternoon was dull and overcast until the last hour when, yes, the heavens opened AGAIN. The context that Michael and I have been digging has finally been finished, removing the mortar and brick layer. We used the last hour of the day to plan the feature but with the dumpy level ready and set up it decided to rain so we left it until tomorrow. Group C finished the last session of finds washing this morning and we now have a completed list for the portfolio. All in all another day on site however with the end looming its almost sad that it has to end but then again it can’t come quick enough.
We did get some sunshine... for some more geophysics in the morning (Helen carrying out some of the resitivity survey with Meggen and Karen assisting!)
Catherine has an illuminating day of finds recording and discovery…
This morning group C took part in the fourth finds session and Julie taught us about small finds numbers and how to care for them which was very illuminating. Then after lunch Maeve and I cleaned the areas around the wall which ended up unearthing a few large iron finds which were exciting. We were not put off by the heavy rain!
Finds recording with Julie