Archaeology in Grosvenor Park: A blog about our activities and discoveries related to excavations in Grosvenor Park near the Amphitheatre, Chester, UK, carried out by University of Chester undergraduate archaeologists. Excavation is from the 4th of May for four weeks.
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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Wednesday, 20 May 2015
Day 8: Once more into the breach dear friends, once more …….
The battle continues
Charcoal layer beneath the clay deposit
Myself and Meg were still battling through the clay mound situated near the
drainage network trying to reach the charcoal surface, but at the same time
searching for our hidden treasure hoard. Alas no treasure hoard was found! Nonetheless
we embraced the same exuberance as we unearthed some more crunchies (bones) and
some ceramic sherds of the Roman and Medieval period. Although, hands down, Meg
found the best find so far in our section; two fragments of bone that tailored
together, possibly a leg joint. Good job Meg, I guess the gold will have to
wait for now.
Come dinner time we’d completed
our mission and reached the charcoal surface, which was timely as Ellen, Rachel
and Kate had finished their section on the western section of the site, finding
a lot of cattle teeth and few ceramic sherds. Unlucky girls!
It was at this stage that we
began playing the alphabet game in the morning which extended into the evening.
It’s truly amazing how long you can play the alphabet game and say each letter
over and over a thousand times and still be entertained, oh dear…..
Learning to use a planning frame
After the dinner break our team
regrouped and tackled drawing plans with the assistance of mathematician maestro
Simon. The purpose of this is to record each detailed feature. I’m no ‘da Vinci’ but I
give it my best and to my own surprise pinpointed each rock and stone precisely…
Before we knew it the day was
over and it was a successful day. Who only knows what tomorrow will bring,
probably dirtier finger nails…