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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Wednesday, 13 May 2015
Day 3 Megan describes the 'hulking' features being revealed...
It's day three and the end of the pit is in
It has been 3 painstaking days and we have finally got to the bottom of the backfill, with little rain, a whole lot of sunshine and a lot more hard work. By the end of the four weeks we will all almost certainly be looking like the Hulk, Popeye or a WWE wrestler, but thankfully we are almost to the stage that everyone has hoped for. Our main objective now (other than excavating) is to remember to watch our balance in order to not fall into the varying depths of the trench, therefore as well as body-builders, we will also be professional gymnasts.
The several features of the site, that were uncovered during the previous excavations, are now identifiable, with the Roman road, the pipes and the building structures being visible, which now gives us a visual aid when discussing our work with the public. These when the site is fully cleaned up can then be excavated in order to uncover any other secrets hiding beneath the soil.
Two of the groups today have been shown by Julie and Simon how to take level readings, this is an important part of surveying as it can tell us about the different depths of the features when carried out on the site. It will also be a lot easier when the recording is within the site as there will be little chance of a zoomed in face of a member of the public who just so happens to be walking by at the exact time you look through the lens. However, when understood this piece of equipment is easy to use and can show us how deep we have excavated, (which may also cause several muscles to cry as they remember removing the soil to create those depths).
However tomorrow's another day and there is more work to be done, but now I will sit back with a cup of tea and let my muscles relax.