Today we introduce to you Dr Andy, who wrote a blog last night covering the activities of 4th July.
Hot one today, but the day started well (which was nothing to do with the lack of a hangover due to last night’s early night) with planning a layer which was defined and photographed last thing yesterday. This was done pretty quickly and we were then into taking out the layer.
We gained a new team member today, Pete, who got into the swing of things with a mattock very quickly. On the other side of the trench the aptly named ‘butt crack crew’ were doing a great job taking down the final rubble to some proper archaeology. All was good until some crazy kinda cut feature appeared and ruined the party. For a while we had a bad feeling that it was another GGAT trench from the 80s, but after a good deal of poking, furtlin’, and head scratching we ‘think’ we have some possible beam slot feature, perhaps associated with the manor house to the south (dug in 2010), but this is likely to change somewhat when stuff becomes more clear. In the south-west Felix and Madge did a great job taking out the fill of a robber cut that was first identified in the 2009 trial trench. This out out quite nicely, the cut is showing very clearly and we appear to be coming down into some in-situ wall. Great! A nice cut feature also came up in the north-west section of the site; it appears to be post-med, but it still interesting and was a good training exercise for the students.
Dinner tonight was tagine, cooked expertly by our supervisor Scott, it was yum and has been voted as best meal of the dig so far (not that we’ve had a single bad meal yet). The team is in high spirits and the guitar is out, not sure if I will be hangover free tomorrow.
He who exposeth himself unto the world must be willing to take the exposures of the world. Matthew Austin has spoken.