Today witnessed the end of the investigation in Trench 9, the long one!
The final phase of the excavation involved the extraction of two sample monoliths. The monoliths consisted of two 50cm long tins that were knocked into the side of the trench inorder to enclose the numerous soil horizons identified during the course of the excavation.
The monoliths were placed to sample the soil horizons representing the possible medieval turf layer, underlying subsoils and overlaying moat deposit and garden soils. The samples will then be sent to the Palynologist in Sheffield to test the soils for any evidence of pollen, the results of which may indicate how the use of the garden area has changed over time.
Once marked up, the tins were carefully excavated and individually wrapped in cling film ready for sending to Sheffield for analysis.