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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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… whoop!!

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…

Good job team


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