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 11 Rain's about? All-in-One’s out! Jess and Sophie
tell us how archaeologist’s cope with the British weather…
For today’s archaeologists, it was a typical British
Summer’s day; we all rocked up to site keeping cool with sleeveless tops and
cold coffees and by twelve o’clock the world decided to rain on our parade,
Team A kicked the day off by splitting into two smaller
teams, and whilst Sophie and Amelia discovered the secrets that lay within a
pit, the rest of us spent time plotting and planning the charcoal and sandstone
deposits within the trench. Using specialised equipment such as a dumpy level,
and measuring pole, the site’s height above sea level was recorded and added to
the drawings in order to compile a fuller understanding of the site. It was
during this that the rain poured on us and Steph finally got to try her
all-in-one waterproof, much to the delight of the rest of us!
The afternoon brightened up and we all complained, once
again, about the heat as Team A returned to the trench to finally get our hands
dirty and begin taking down the now recorded surface, revealing the extent of
the features below. Hopefully some details of these will become apparent in the
next few days!
All in all (or All-in-One!) the day was yet another
positive day on site for us, we didn’t let the rain dampen our spirits!
It's cool to be dry...
After a week of miserable weather we were all pleasantly
surprised to be greeted on site by warmth and sunshine, excited to finally dig
out the pit we had discovered at the end of last week. This was short lived. As
the heavens opened we watched our lovely pit slowly turn into a pond and the
site swiftly became a mud bath. Still, we continued to trowel away at what can
only be described as glue to expose the natural clay and another cut within the
feature, as well as a third charcoal layer next to it. Our afternoon consisted
of "cleaning" up the pit ready for recording and trying to decide
what it is. With a couple of theories flying around about it being a gully or a
cesspit etc. it's fair to say we are all keen to get back to work tomorrow to
see what else we can find out about this pit and finally find some treasure
buried within, instead of sandstone, sandstone and more sandstone.
A beautifully 'clean' pit cut into the clay, clearly showing another cut feature in one side