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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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Day 6: After the flood

After the flood, finally Team 2014 get a sunny break. Quick, trowels out before the weather gods change their minds!

The second week of the dig continues and it's safe to say I'm thoroughly enjoying being an archaeologist! After becoming one with the rain yesterday, we were all glad of some real work to do today. The morning brought puddles of muddy water, which were cleared quite efficiently with a good dose of teamwork! Before lunch, troweling commenced on the quickly drying areas of the site - the best way to work up an appetite in my opinion. This afternoon (after a...lovely lunch) Team C were washing finds at Albion Street, a surprisingly relaxing and valuable learning experience. We were also introduced to the somewhat frustrating process of labeling finds, but important for post-excavation. All in all, a good start to the second week of excavation, and fingers crossed for more lovely weather in the coming days!

After the setback of yesterday's severe weather, the weather gods smiled upon us and it felt great to get stuck in straight away today. As the last of the topsoil has been removed from the site we're now ready to begin further excavation. This process involves a lot of trowel work, scraping back layers of sediment in order to expose any potential archaeology beneath the surface. This can be quite a slow, meticulous task, but well worth the effort as it leads to the discovery of finds that otherwise could be missed. The finds recovered today included a number of animal bones found across the site, a number of animal teeth and a fragment of jaw found by Matt.

Today was one of the most rewarding days of the dig so far. After bailing out the trench, we began troweling which led to finding my first artefact, a small piece of bone. The discovery of this simple artefact filled me with a feeling of pride and excitement which encouraged me to keep going. Let's see what tomorrow brings!

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