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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Thursday, 22 May 2014

Day 13: The Plot Thickens

It's nearly the end of Week 3 and with only days left on the dig, the discoveries are coming in thick and fast. The finds are pretty mixed so we are still in disturbed contexts, but things are certainly hotting up...

Thursday mornings are group C's half day so obviously I spent the morning doing uni work. After walking to site work quickly began, but with many of the deep holes filled up with water the places that were workable were limited. The pit that Dave and I have been excavating needed another layer taking off with the mattock...but as I swung the mattock into the ground for the first time, it uncovered a bone. It is easy to see the week's hard work taking its toll on the students working on site, and today it was rather quiet as everyone was noticeably tired, with the constant drizzle not helping. The site is becoming a lot clearer and easy to understand now whilst everyone has their own particular part of site, becoming more and more possessive of it! however, whilst everyone is tired, I am still enjoying myself immensely and looking forward to going back in tomorrow!

The rain today caused a rather slow start to the day, so we all headed to Albion Street to continue with finds washing, where the A team concentrated on cataloguing finds we had previously washed. After a nice lunchtime walk we returned to the site to continue on our section in the northeast area of the pit. For the first 45 minutes there wasn't much archaeology to be had but then the finds started rolling on in. Nathaniel was the man of the moment, uncovering glazed and decorated medieval floor tiles, various sherds of decorated Roman pottery and a possible animal burial. The section is confusing though as there were Roman finds above medieval ones, so keen to crack on with excavation tomorrow to uncover whatever is going on here. I'm guessing a dino-human ritual burial?!

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