It's a beautiful sunny day, and the first day of We Dig the Castle for the 2017 season.
With the help of a JCB, Laura and Richard have returned the trench to how it was left at the end of the 2016 season. We're already asking what going down to a deeper level will reveal about the features that were beginning to appear at the very end of 2016. Are they associated with the gardens of the Ducal Palace? What will our trainees uncover around and beneath them? How will this all add to, and possibly even change, our interpretation of the features uncovered so far?
What's happened today? We've had 13 trainees, an Explainer volunteer and 4 members of staff on site. Trainees have cleaned, sieved spoil, searched the spoil heap with the metal detector, had a site photography workshop, cleaned the area of brickwork that might indicate the site of a summerhouse or greenhouse, and been filmed for Notts TV.
Finds of the day:
We've got an exciting and busy week coming up. Our trainees are back on Tuesday-Friday for more digging, training and tutorials, specialist workshops, a tour inside some of the Castle Rock caves, a guided walk of the Anglo Saxon burgh, and more. This weekend also brings our family day on Sunday 23 July (now fully booked) and a visit from Nottingham Young Archaeologists' Club on Saturday.
The dig runs until Friday 18 August and we'll be adding to the blog every few days. You can also find our latest news and photos, as they happen, on Facebook.
Watch the clip on Notts TV.
How you can be part of We Dig the Castle 2017:
Although the dig is fully booked there are still plenty of other ways of being part of this year's excavation and sharing in our discoveries.