An update from tutor Tristan
The weather was again not on our side in the morning but it brightened up towards the afternoon - and the better weather brought the visitors to our viewing platform with it!
Amongst the visitors to the dig were holidaymakers from Wisconsin, Spain and Oxford, plus, of course, people from the exotic Midlands.
Yesterday our trainees enjoyed a workshop on surveying with Tiago from Trent & Peak Archaeology, followed (for some) by a tour of the medieval Anglo-Scandinavian borough (now the Lace Market area) with Dr David Knight. Today our new trainees had the opportunity to get involved in a workshop on clay pipe identification with Peter Hammond. We've already found a lot of clay pipe bowls and stems in the trench, which have helped us to date some of the features. We hope that the new trainees will be able to take a role in identifying the probable dates of any further clay pipes found.
We were also joined today by Rosie Hughes (Trent & Peak Archaeology). Rosie has been teaching wet sieving and supporting trainees to assess the ecofacts (such as seeds) present in the soil samples taken from the trench. This will help us in interpreting the complex features in the main (western) part of the trench.
Later in the afternoon we also had a visit from the Derbyshire Archaeological Society, led by Dr David Knight (Trent & Peak Archaeology). They were intrigued by the site and promised to think about any parallels that they might have seen elsewhere.
For some of our trainees this was their last day on the dig. They enjoyed a full day of recording - which included creating plans, drawing sections, photography and taking levels.
Today we said farewell to Jan, Tony, Sophie, Amy, Trinity, Lesa and Veronica. We hope that they've enjoyed and benefited from their time with We Dig the Castle.