A note from Alison
It’s the first day of the last week of We Dig the Castle 2017! Where has the time gone?
After the departure of some long-term trainees on Friday we welcomed a number of new faces today. It was great to see some returnees from We Dig the Castle 2016, and we’re looking forward to seeing what our new trainees uncover across this final week.
As ever, it’s been a busy day with a whole range of activities. It was a grey day to start with, with a bit of a wind that kept blowing away the maps and pictures at our viewing platform! The occasional light rain also seemed to keep visitors away at the start. By later morning, however, and even though it had become wet and cold, we suddenly had a rush of visitors eager to see the trench and talk about what we’d found. Again, we've had a lot of international visitors, combined with local families, and the finds from We Dig the Castle 2015 and 2016 proved really popular. We also had a quick visit from no less a person than the internationally famous Friar Tuck!
Trainees have been continuing to take down, clean and record the very clear-cut, steep-sided, features in the west of the trench. They’ve also been recording features in the northern extension. Those taking down the soil level in the eastern extension (which runs towards the curtain wall) have been looking for evidence relating to the construction of the brick and rubble platform.
For our new trainees the day began with an introduction to the site from Laura, followed by finds washing in the marquee. They were soon in the trench, working with Jen in the eastern extension or learning about context sheet recording with Tristan. After lunch they pressed on with the eastern extension, working on features in the west of the trench, or taking levels with now-expert Beth.
With the weather a bit inconsistent we were glad of our marquee, which allowed us to push on with recording from the relative comfort of a chair!
Tutor Joe tells us what the We Dig the Castle team has been working on today.