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, 14 May 2015
Day 4: Cameron's account of 'going public'
After yesterday's weather blessed many of us with a good tan, and I'm sure a few with some good burns, it was only a matter of time before it was forecast to be rainy and miserable. Although as the hours rolled on, this expected rain was nowhere to be seen. This made our day much easier as we have now started to get down into the layers which have been untapped by the previous excavations.
I had the lovely pleasure of sharing a trench with Rossy, and with a team effort we trowelled our way through a foot of hard clay, in search of medieval refuse. Whilst the findings may not have been ground-breaking, there were some interesting finds such as a pigs mandible, a couple of cattle teeth, and SuperDan uncovered what has been thought to be part of a Roman jug.
Day 4 was also our introductory lecture into public archaeology, in which Jane from CWAC showed us how the public can get involved with archaeology and what the public can bring to the field. This was accompanied with a pleasant walk through Chester in which we looked at the work done at the new theatre and then up to the painter man in King Charles' tower along the wall. Speaking to the public about our dig still seems daunting, although i'm sure we will all get more confident with experience.
Hopefully Day 5 is accompanied by some warm weather as I would love to get my shorts out once again.