Day 10 – Excavation

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Ellen and Rebecca busy exploring Trench 10 in the orchard
Ellen and Rebecca busy exploring Trench 10 in the orchard

Oh what a difference a day makes 🙂

Yesterday I was saying how we were finally getting though the demolition/landscaping debris and today we were confirming within Trench 15, behind the chapel a couple of cuts, possibly a foundation cut of a wall … that’s right, Trench 15 … we have a new trench.

Steve working on Trench 15 and revealing the cut to a possible wall foundation cut
Steve working on Trench 15 and revealing the cut to a possible wall foundation cut

Not only that, we have also excavated a trench against the Chapel wall following a successful application for Scheduled Monument Consent to Historic England.  Although early days on this one, we have uncovered what maybe some of the rubble or platform material on to which the chapel was constructed.

Margaret and Peter opening the excavation against the chapel
Margaret and Peter opening the excavation against the chapel

To the rear of the house, on the opposite side of the moat, the excavation of the garden area and ditch (Trench 9), recorded on the 1829 Estate Map continues.  Nigel, Roger and Ellen have been hard at work over the last few days trying to establish the bottom of the ditch (thought to be an early overflow of the moat) and the full depth of the garden soils. All of which will be important for our environmental analysis in regards to determining what was grown at the site in the past.

A view of the raised garden (left) and ditch (right) from the east
A view of the raised garden (left) and ditch (right) from the east
Nigel and Roger digging-in at Trench 9
Nigel and Roger digging-in at Trench 9
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One thought on “Day 10 – Excavation

    steve palmer said:
    July 29, 2015 at 5:56 am

    At last this site may be beginning to give up it’s secrets. All volunteers are enjoying the challenge and learning a lot about archaeology, and themselves. The visitors are fascinated by the excavation and are asking questions; especially the youngsters. It’s going well and raising lot’s of interest. Steve Palmer.

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