Archaeology in Grosvenor Park: A blog about our activities and discoveries related to excavations in Grosvenor Park near the Amphitheatre, Chester, UK, carried out by University of Chester undergraduate archaeologists. Excavation is from the 4th of May for four weeks.
CAER 2017 Begins... Thursday 4th May!
What will be uncovered this year?
We're back for our 11th season during which examination of trench IV will be continued. Our work will examine the interior of the masonry building (the possible chapel) with its drain discharging into the ditch, the western part of the ditch feature where it is overlain by the medieval building and the underlying deposits. This year trench IV will also be extended to the south in order to locate and examine a stone structure identified during the excavation of a service trench in 2013.
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Sunday, 21 May 2017
Day 10 Ben and Steph report on a damp but productive day…
Wednesday was another damp day, but the weather didn't
stop us unearthing some great finds! Matt and I found keys (still no locks
though), but the star find of today has to be the four dice dug out of the
building's hearth (evidently a poor roll). They were probably used for a game
like Hazard, but I'm holding out for Dungeons and Dragons.
Four bone dice
It was a chilly day on site for day 10 of the dig, with a
bit of rain, but still plenty of work was going on. Team A spent the morning
planning and drawing sections on site to record the Roman features we have
discovered. In the afternoon we were finds processing, practicing marking finds
with the site code and context number, ready for specialists to look at. The
finds being washed and marked included clay pipe, pottery, roof and floor tile
and building material. Other groups also planned parts of the site and
continued to excavate. Hopefully the sun will come out tomorrow!