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Day 8: Trench warfare, the enemy, the clay


The day began with the mighty team E being allocated finds duty, washing identifying and recording finds from various contexts across the site including items such as bone, pottery and glass.


This led to many amazing revelations including our very own Callum’s discovery of the fact that hot water is indeed hot. 

During first break we ventured to the site see what the other trowel monkeys had been up to, mainly carrying on the valiant fight against sun hardened clay or in the case of team A recording their finely trowelled features. 

After another stint at the finds washing HQ we returned to site where we discoveredthat team C had commandeered our allocated trench space and continued our glorious work of trowling to find the uniform charcoal layer that appeared across it. 


Team D continued work on excavating a cross section of a pitas well as defining the edge of one of the ditches and Matt doing his finest to mattock through a nigh on invincible lump of ground


The day continued with mostly run of the mill site work although the rare and majestic species of Chester lecturers did bless us with their presence and teams B and A did some marvellous work in the public relations department. 

All in all not the most exciting of days but progress has certainly been made! Onwards to Thursday and the discovery of more Archaeology! 

Lee and Iwan


The most concentration applied so far on site.

The face of an enraptured man.

The planning frame above the potential oven, majestically trowelled

Jack giving a rough indication of the location of the inner core of a cows horn Jonathan found.


Team B continued to fight the good fight against the clay around the Roman road.

Matt’s Mattock action shot

Shaun evening out his tan and engaging the public at the same time, a truly talented individual.