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Day 2: Never ending mud!

Today was a continuation from yesterday shifting the rest of the backfill so we can get down to the previous year archaeology. At one point it definitely felt like there was no end to the bottom of the pit as the watery slush of mud consumed our feet. However, with team effort it was all done just after lunch, well, till Dan then decided to spade away the outer wall into the pit so it was no longer nice and clean! There was a much better feel on site with everyone helping where they could, finding muscles we never knew we had by lifting buckets full of wet mud and borrowing up the growing spoil heap.

With the aid of doughnuts at break time provided by Caroline we had the sugar boost we needed to shift the majority of the backfill. We have managed to find some pottery, glass, bone and other cool stuff just in the back fill so we are hoping to find even cooler stuff when we actually get down to the new year archaeology.

At lunch a class of school children came over and we were able to show them some of the finds that we have found today and explain to them what we are doing here, they seemed very excited and even came back to see us digging after lunch, which was great to see. 

At about 2.30pm the heavens opened and I am sure we were all relieved to see the back of the sun, regardless if it had to rain for that to happen! After a lengthy training session from Simon on writing our contexts sheets I am sure the only thing on everyone’s mind was “I can’t wait for the shower when I get home” because it certainly was on my mind.

Hopefully tomorrow all the backfill will be gone and we can finally make a start to finding the archaeology for this year so come along and don’t be shy, we don’t bite!




  1. So good to see young people taking an interest in archaeology. We can learn so much from the past; good and pad. Keep pushing, it's all worth it in the end.


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