An update from Mick
At least the weather started dry but breezy, after the rain of the previous day that hampered progress (but had meant that at least there was no backlog of finds needing washing!).
New starters were given a description of the dig site followed by safety instruction (mobile phone free zone except for personal photos being a new but understandable addition).
Trainees each had a feature or anomaly to work on and there was always the inevitable sieving to catch more elusive finds. Other work today included photographing the (possible) greenhouse features and anomalies seen at the eastern end of the trench, revealing other anomalies by section (at the trench's western end), finds washing and site photography.
A Tree Officer from the City Council and Ron Inglis (Service Manager for Museums and Galleries at Nottingham City Council) visited to advise of where we could extend our trench without affecting the mature tree roots that are around. Good news! we will soon be able to open up a narrow trench to determine the west corner of the brick base structure (which we currently think might be a Victorian greenhouse).
Break time soon came and the now regular song title quiz.
Rosie Hughes of Trent & Peak Archaeology arrived to set up the mobile environmental sampling station to instruct us in groups of two throughout the day. With Rosie's support trainees learnt about both the theory and practice of flotation.
Those of us who expressed an interest were given a guided tour of Mortimer's Cave passages inside Castle Rock.
Mick Wicks (Explainer volunteer and long-term volunteer with Trent & Peak Archaeology)