News from the viewing platform from Explainer volunteer Monty
Great day at the dig with the today with everyone carrying out different tasks, tours of the caves and an interesting talk on bones!
The dark layer sitting on the lighter sandy layer is slowly being removed. More of the brick structure was uncovered and cleaned up and the recently discovered layer of mixed rubble and mortar in the eastern extension was extended.
There were a few visitors today who braved the rain, including some from America and Australia who are amateur archaeologists themselves, and a couple from the Netherlands.
Monty Oakley, Explainer volunteer and TPA volunteer
News from the trench from tutor Tristan
It was quite a quiet day on the visitor front with sporadic wind and rain keeping the public at bay. Nonetheless, our superb Explainer volunteer Monty, renowned veteran of many Trent & Peak community digs, spent time with the intrepid few who did brave the elements to have a day out at the Castle.
Meanwhile, it was far from quiet in the trench, with the trainees working through a busy day of excavating, recording and workshops. Much of the work was focused on the north end of the trench as we endeavoured to trace the layer of bricks.
Trainees also participated in a workshop on animal bones, and both theoretical and hands-on training in survey from Trent & Peak Archaeology's Tiago. They benefited from the knowledge of our Acting City Archaeologist Scott, who delivered a tour of the Castle, and also received training in drawing. Here you can see our fabulous trainee Lisa with her very first archaeological drawing.
Although we didn't have an enormous number of new artefacts there were were still lots of clay pipe finds.
We're also seeking help to identify these objects, which are becoming increasingly common finds in the trench.
They have numbers on the side with fragmentary writing (in German?), show signs of scorching and seem to be made of something similar to a writing stylus.
Could they be some kind of measuring implement? Answers on a postcard please . . .
Hopefully the weather will be dry tomorrow as the trainees continue to work on the new slots in the main area of the site.
You can also watch Tristan talking about some of the finds found up to 2 August: