A note from Andy
Morning: visitors few and far between. I may call the next one Friday!
Afternoon: many more visitors now, from Spain, the Netherlands, London and Notts. It's torture watching the digging and not joining in!
Andy Simmonds, Explainer volunteer and NCMG employee
A short update from Alison
We've had a good day in the trench, marquee and viewing platform.
In the viewing platform, NCMG employee Andy was today's Explainer volunteer, chatting with visitors, sharing his love of Civil War history and showing some of the finds. With it being a Monday the Castle wasn't as busy as it had been at the weekend but there were still plenty of visitors to keep him busy.
In the trench there was cleaning, recording, drawing and photographing to press on with, while Steve learnt to take levels. New trainees Josh and Dominic began with finds washing and finds processing, and after our mid-morning break got stuck in with cleaning features.
In the marquee Peter Hammond came to deliver another workshop in clay pipe identification. We particularly liked the potty-shaped pipe and another with a lady sitting on the lavatory (both from his own collection)! It was then back to the trench for returning trainees, and a tutorial in contexts and stratigraphy with Tristan for Josh and Dominic.
After lunch (today's quiz was song titles including the names of American states) it was back to the trench, with metal detecting in the spoil heap and an optional archaeology tour of the Castle site with Acting City Archaeologist Scott.
The view from the trench: notes from tutor Tristan
We had on and off drizzle today but we still mainly managed to keep going. There was lots of recording to be done following Saturday’s work and it was a good opportunity for starter trainees to learn new tricks and for some of the more experienced to show off their knowledge in assisting them, under Laura’s watchful eye. It’s great to see the confidence showing through for those that have been with us for a while now.
There was lots of important catch-up work done today with context sheets and drawings, while today was also a chance for many to learn how to take and record environmental samples. We're all looking forward to having Rosie from Trent & Peak Archaeology come out again to work with the trainees on processing the soils.
An update from tutor Richard