Saturday, 21 July 2012

Monday 16th July 2012

With the start of the second week, we have said goodbye to some of last week’s participants and welcomed new faces as well as those returning after a weekend away.

Unfortunately overnight the weather changed and the morning was decidedly wet. Following the daily restoration session the continuing rain forced everyone undercover and the long tunnel of polythene sheet and canvas came into its own, becoming cosy at times, with people working in close proximity.

Along the edge of the escarpment, overlooking the valley there are currently five small shallow rectangular trenches, most of which are sheltered by the tunnel – by the end of the day, three plans were completed, one was in progress, and the remaining trench was being taken down to the level of the rest.

A new feature for the CHW Project has been a concentration on the heat-reddened sandstone fragments found along the hillside for which we have a new weapon in the armoury – nicknamed ‘Roger’s Death-Ray’ – in reality, a device for measuring the magnetic susceptibility.

By scanning the surface in 25cm squares, readings were taken in two of the traenches - after manually recording the raw ata it was necessary to input all the readings into a computer before the data could be processed.

The site was visited by two staff members from the Workers Education Association who were looking into the possibility of involving some of their special needs students in archaeology. 

Pat & Phil Carroll

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