After 6 weeks of digging, trowelling, planning and blogging, the Manor Lodge exacavations have come to an end. It has been a brilliant 6 weeks. Lots has been learnt, many friendships have been made, and there has been a whole lot of fun had.
Word of the day: Goodbye
Find of the day: Fragments of what could be an early cup/drinking vessel. (Pictured below)
The drain pipe has been taken out of trench 16.
Philippa and Gregg on finds.
Eleanor and Kate spent some time today digging a sondage. They then planned it and photographed it. Eleanor's try before you buy course fees has gone really well. She is almost 87% certain she wants to study Archaeology at university.
Rachel and Caitlin were digging for bedrock today and kept finding loads of charcoal. You can see the colour difference in the soil sample buckets. These samples will be sent off for sampling.
If you look really closely, at the bottom of the wall where Lily and Cherubin are digging a much older part of the wall has been found.
Hutch with his mattock.
Charlie's Beard 1.
Charlie's Beard 2.
Team trench 16. Lily, Hutch, Buttery Jonathan, Kanani and Cherubin.
We also asked a few of the group who had been here for the full six weeks what they had enjoyed most:
Alvaro: When the sun was shining and lots of good working and conscientious people.
Buttery Jonathan: Seeing a squirrel fall out of tree, Learning loads, meeting everyone and working with them.
Hutch: Finding the hoard of saggars.
Cherubin: The amount I've learnt and the friends I've made.
Lily: Finding the drain pipe.
Lauren: Imparting my wisdom to training archaeologists.