Our week begins on Saturday. Today we introduce you to Matt Austin, site supervisor, occasional commercial archaeologist and recent recipient of a 1st class BA honours degree from Cardiff University (congratulations Matt!). Matt is the source of many words of wisdom on site and a keen cyclist:
Our one day weekend was spent with hangovers of varying severity after Thursday night’s trip to Welsh Club (Clwb Ivor Bach to the pedants). Some fantastic shapes were exposed to the world and much fun was had by all. Of particular note, Bran, our fantastic troweller, wins the award for best dancing – mainly because of her absolute escapism (think an animal out of its cage).
Today began by picking up where we left off on Thursday. This meant that almost all excavation was suspended whilst two teams continued recording their contexts (green clay layer 2308 and rubble spread 2314 respectively). James was not present on site today as he has fallen to an affliction of man flu, which is the worst kind. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him.
After recording we were ready to start ‘smacking out’ the layers and exploring what lay beneath them. This Brave New World scenario was somewhat less exciting than it could have been because the contexts beneath were already known due to over-cutting and exploratory pokes. Meanwhile the topographic surveying machine continued ever onwards, although progress was held up for a half hour due to an administrative error.
Most important to note, though, is that today is the first day of our open weekend. Four wonderful musicians are entertaining the public with music played on authentic medieval instruments. Tours are being given by the dutiful Johns. The diggers are all on their best behaviour and the tone of banter is much more family-friendly than it usually is.. A beautiful selection of our finds are being displayed and explained by Alice, Matt and Jen. The atmosphere is generally good, and everyone seems to be enjoying their work.
Our team will be increased by three today as we are expecting some taster students. A welcoming party will accordingly be held – strictly out of duty, of course, and not enjoyment.
And remember kids: don’t do drugs.
Matt (the poor man’s supervisor)