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: Where we’re going we don’t need shovels…
In all truth, today began well and ended brilliantly. This was the beginning that I think everyone was waiting for. Shovelling past all the backfill from last years dig in the previous three days was encumbering, unexciting and full of questionable quotes from the Simpsons, Back to the Future and The Office. However, I finally managed to pull out my £10 trowel and use it for the right reasons.
Although the weather had stopped shining, the clouds rolled in and the Cornettos remained in Tesco, (Thanks for the food by the way Mr. Pond, I’ll repay you in some way…) my burnt neck, which looks like it has been viscously slapped by the greatest (or worst) dictator on the planet - Kim Jong Cameron, was thankful for the cool breeze.
One of the many highlights of the day took place during the 'introduction to public archaeology' workshop, where we visited King Charles Tower, which was occupied by a painter who produced pictures of storm troopers, Daleks and Darth Vader chilling in the streets of Chester… why not?
Towards the end of the day we started getting some (for me) seriously exciting finds in the medieval ditch including part of a pig’s jaw, which was complete with dazzling white gnashers, as well as two large teeth from a cow. The ditch was teeming with bones of all shapes and sizes such as a pig vertebrae, pelvis and a few sherds of ceramics and even oysters, which I tried to pick out carefully and succeeded a couple of times, but smashing them with a mattock proved far more likely and was also somewhat entertaining.
I look forward to the coming days.