Tuesday 8 August: a biblical downpour
Continuous overnight rain left the site looking a bit sad – and, to top it all, on Tuesday the rains came in the morning and never left!.
The main Area 4 (the western part of the trench) was out of commission, being too slippery. Its sections were extremely weak and starting to collapse with the weight of rainwater. Consequently, digging was confined to the top of Area 6 (the brick surface) on the newly exposed bricks. Our intrepid trainee Paul (Sparky) courageously braved the biblical downpour.
Meanwhile, the trainees enjoyed workshops on stratigraphy, photography, surveying, pottery identification and context sheet recording. This has hopefully left them in a strong position to crack on if the weather lets up tomorrow.
Just before lunch the trainees were given a break from studies to enjoy the castle museum and its art galleries.
Wednesday 9 August: the rain stopped
After a certain amount of trepidation that rain would stop play again we actually had a dry day. As Area 4 began to dry out we were able to let more trainees into the trench to continue with their tasks of recording the work done on Monday.
For many trainees this is their first time drawing and writing context sheets.… so the classes of the Tuesday stood them in good stead!
We were also able to get some of our more experienced trainees on to to cleaning up Area 5, to gain a clearer idea of what might be going on in there.
Big thanks to Monty, our explainer, who went beyond the call of duty to entertain a large group of American guests until after hours.