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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Thursday, 26 May 2016

DAY 13: The Horde descends

Day three of week three Team E (still recovering from its laughing fit yesterday) continued carving through the western section of the trench:

Just after lunch we were visited by a horde of school children wanting to look at what we’d found and eager with questions about the Archaeology and the Romans. Talking to them was actually quite fun they seemed very inspired by the finds and interested in the bones and pottery in particular. 

Aaron and Hannah carried on removing the soil of their portion ending up with an excellently neat section by the end of the day. They managed to find plenty of pottery sherds from varying dates even finding a large chunk of handle and rim with some decoration on it.

Iwan and Lee continued their plight against the never-ending clay and managed to excavate a large hunk of bone out of the Roman rubble layer that they have been chasing all week before they remove it completely.

Meanwhile we finished excavating and cleaning a brick section near the corner, the day was spent trowelling back and mattocking a section protruding from the trench wall. Many finds were had, including a mix of roman and medieval pottery sherds, some more clay pipes found (as usual) found on the top soil and even a shoulder blade. Some particular finds were another Roman tile with what looks like a paw print from a troublesome cat, along with a part of a Roman drinking cup.

The day ended with a discussion on who were the best and worst kings or queens of England while we cleared off our sections ready for more work tomorrow. Here’s hoping for more great finds tomorrow! 


Jack and Callum

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