Day 34 – Excavation

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We are into the final week of the excavation now, and as ever, you just know that this is the week in which we start to find extra stuff (it is the way of things)!

Only five trenches remain open on site now, of which four are still under investigation, such as Trench 14 (behind the chapel); Trenches 10 & 11 (in the orchard) and Trench 6 which is newly opened and located in the grounds behind the moated house.

Within the orchard Jake has been busy excavating through a post-medieval platform in Trench 10, at the base of which he has uncovered a buried turf layer.  His mission now is to excavate through the layer and see what lies beneath, but before he can do that he has a likely land drain to deal with.

Jake excavating the fill of the drain that cuts through the buried brown turf layer.
Jake excavating the fill of the drain that cuts through the buried brown turf layer.

Behind the back of the house Clare has steadily been picking her way through the rubbish and rubble dumped by previous owners of the house.  Mixed up within the soil layers are a few medieval glazed pottery fragments getting us all excited for the potential uncovering of medieval soil layers below.

Clare and Ben excavating the house garden deposits in Trench 6
Clare and Ben excavating the house garden deposits in Trench 6

At the rear of the chapel in Trench 14, it looks as though Steve has reached the very foot of the foundations.  As yet no artefacts have been identified in regards to indicating an estimate age however there are still a few things that need to be done such as confirming the extent of the foundation cut dug to lay the stone foundations.

Steve's handy work in exposing the chapel foundations.
Steve’s handy work in exposing the chapel foundations.

 

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