It was a busy day as trainees worked hard on the final measuring, recording and photographing. In addition, stalwarts Barrie and Nicola returned to help with finds bagging and labelling, and Jon came back to tackle more of the spoil with gusto!
There were recording tutorials, a final clay pipe identification session with Peter Hammond, and more flotation with Rosie.
We were also able to enjoy another decadent tea break and lunch, putting to good use the leftovers (including yet another summer pudding) from yesterday's unrivalled Posh Lunch Thursday. In the afternoon we had special visits from Sophie at Visit Nottinghamshire and Acting City Archaeologist Scott.
After filling in the last few Directors' Reports and Skills Passports it was a little bit sad saying goodbye to this year's brilliant trainees and Explainer volunteers, closing up the viewing platform and leaving the marquee for the last time. However, Laura and Tristan will be back next week, finishing any last recording, filling in the trench (helped by a JCB) and taking down the marquee (!).
At the end of the excavation the whole team from Trent & Peak Archaeology would like to send a very big thank you to everyone who's been involved. That's an amazing 83 trainees, 15 Explainer volunteers, 20 families, Nottingham Young Archaeologists' Club, 3 young winners of the Dig it! with YAC competition, 7 visiting groups, our special guests and the hundreds of visitors to the Nottingham Castle site who have come to see what we've uncovered.
We would also like to thank all of the staff and visiting specialists, NCMG and particularly Ron Inglis and Sarah Morriss, Scott Lomax (Acting City Archaeologist), Sophie from Visit Nottinghamshire and Jade from the Nottingham Castle Transformation team, and everyone else who has supported the excavation.
News coming soon of what happens next!
A final goodbye message from lead tutor Laura:
Trainees and tutors look back at their highlights of the dig:
Tristan looks back at what the dig has meant to him:
A note from Tristan
Sadly, this was the final day with our trainees!
The daily ‘name-a-song’ with a certain word almost led to a diplomatic incident over the exact rules of the game. This resulted in Laura cancelling it in favour of eating more cake. How we will all miss these times together!
In the eastern extension we managed to expose, clean up and photo the new layer of bricks, which are possibly of a similar age to the brick structure or platform. We also had the important task of drawing the remaining sections and plans of the features in the west of the trench – and then it was time to say goodbye to everybody!
Tristan, We Dig the Castle tutor