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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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Day 3 brings more finds and a special visitor…Megan and Emily report

Another sunny day down in Grosvenor Park today, fantastic for the public who came to see what we were up to, but not so great for us. The heat had baked the ground solid making our lives quite difficult, and there were definitely a few pink foreheads on site by the end of the afternoon. Still, we've made good progress!
Sunny weather is nice but can make for hard soil!
Team C spent the day removing the last of the backfill from the edges of our trench and neatening up the sections. Doing this exposed the site's stratigraphy making a mortar-rich demolition layer clearly visible.
Our trench sides (sections) need straightening so that we can clearly see the layers of deposits - a mortar-rich demolition layer starts to get clearer here
The backfill we removed also produced a few finds, my favourite of which is a broken glass bottle with "Chester" moulded into it! Looking forward to Day 4 when our team should hopefully start getting to grips with some virgin archaeology!
A 'Chester' bottle
It's the start of a new week but still boiling hot in Grosvenor Park. Today we finished clearing the backfill from our corner of the site and there was a lot to do! The cleaning of the site allowed us to uncover some small finds such as clay pipe, animal bone and teeth. It's very hard manual work! The public thoroughly enjoyed finding out about the finds we had collected and more about the park itself. Later in the day we then had a go at taking some levels - a quick refresher on what we learnt on survey week last year. By doing this we were able to establish the site’s height above sea level. Following this we also had a special visitor on our site - overall a busy, fun-filled day!

Archaeologists don't dig dinosaurs but dinosaurs do sometimes dig!


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