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Mr Blobby and bikinis?

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The home stretch?

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Donuts!

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Chris reflects on a day of mud, puddles and shovels

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Day 3 at the site and the weather had taken a turn for the worse with ominous grey clouds threatening us from the start of the day. Once again no respite was in sight (excuse the rhyme) for group A who grabbed their weapon of choice – mine being the mattock – and once again into the breach, starting work on a new trench having completed their original task the day before. This new trench, it would soon become clear, was a different animal with a seemingly undiscovered base. However, after a whole mornings work and various layers of clothing being shed and reapplied we finally reach the bottom and managed to join up with the rest of the trench finishing the largest trench on the site just as the rain began to fall. Once again we came across some small finds - pieces of pottery and of course the now obligatory pieces of clay pipe!! However the dwindling number of finds did not dishearten the groups and it was strange seeing so many people proud of a hole!!

With the afternoon came heavi…

Dani talks us through day 3

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The site is starting to look more like an excavation site with a large area having had the terram lifted off yesterday with Frances, Christian and Rafie trowelling the surface to prepare it for excavation. My group consisting of Liam, Liz, James and I, started to clear a feature dug last year which was where a wall would have been along with its buttresses. The ditch was really deep and we swapped roles so that we were not in each other's way. James, Liam and I each used the mattock, spade and shovel to try and get up all of the soil and each of us alternated taking the wheelbarrow to the spoil heap. The ground had a lot of large stones making it difficult to shovel them into the wheel barrow as they were heavy and my body is still sore from the previous two days introduction into the work so I found it a hard day.
Liz went off to clear the remaining thin layer across the terram with her trowel so that it was possible to lift it off later in the day to reveal the archaeology unde…

Liam finds day 3 rewarding

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Apart from the rain and the cold, today was another interesting day at the dig. Our team was chosen to continue removing backfill from the section of the medieval masonry wall excavated last year. This allowed me to find some more archaeological artefacts including a variety of pottery sherds, clay pipe and a segment of a cup. The first week is not even over yet and I have found 153 pieces of pottery and pipe, way more than the three pieces of amphora I found at Rhynie last year. It's a shame the rain caused an early finish but at least we were able to get a refresher on filling in context sheets, vital to our investigation of the Grosvenor Park. I look forward to seeing what else is found and the other skills needed to become an effective archaeologist.

 Liam removing the last of the backfill ready to reveal the archaeological level beneath the protective matting (terram)

Lauren is hoping for a fine day tomorrow

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It’s the 3rd day digging and we’re finally seeing a lot more definition in the archaeology and trenches under the matting (terram, orthe Iran as we've been calling it). The morning of removing soil was eventful with little friendly bickers breaking out over where we should whacking with the mattock next but we managed to clear the final huge bit of earth removal by lunch! The wet weather was welcome in the morning when the air was humid but moving toward the afternoon the drizzle became a downpour which dampened spirits a little and turned the trench into a mud bath!! After an introduction to context recording by Simon and attempting to remove the remaining matting (unsuccessfully in the mud) we packed up a little earlier for the day. Hopefully the wet weather will ease off tomorrow!

The backfill and protective matting start to come off and the archaeology is exposed

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

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Hayley stays level on day 2

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