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Clapdale excavation - day 5
"A busy finish"
1. Three teams, two finishing excavation trenches 4 & 5 and one opening and excavating trench 6.
2. Trench 6 was at the southern end of the structure and was cut across the wall to reveal both sides
3. Both trenches 5 & 6 were excavated to establish what seems to be the floor of the structure.
4. As well as directing the site David spent much of his time planning the three open trenches.
5. Serious hard graft at the end back filling the three trenches and packing the kit.
IAG would like to thank: the Ingleborough Estate; the family who farm the field in which we excavated and who transported our trailer and helped with various forms; the family who run Ingleborourgh Cave for granting vehicle access to and from the site each day; all those members who worked so hard to complete the excavation; David Johnson for writing the project brief, directing the excavation and generally keeping good order.
|Clapdale excavation - day 4
"Neolithic or medieval?"
1. Further excavation by most of the team in trench 4 where
Geraldine found the arrowhead
Friday will be a busy day with excavations to complete in
trenches 4 and 5 followed by drawing. Trench 6 will need opening and
excavation. Thanks again, team.
Thanks again, team.
|Clapdale excavation - day 3
"Misty and damp"
1. Mike and Claire Claire completed trench 3, photographed
it and back filled it.
So, Thursday will include more work on trench 4, starting
trench 5 and a TS survey of the site.
|Clapdale excavation - day 2
"Small horses or big boots?"
Monday, 11 April 2022
Day 2 proved a productive day again with the weather staying dry, though colder and windier than Friday. Progress:
1. Excavation of trenches 1 & 2 which were de-turfed on Friday. These were over hot spots from the geophysics. Trench 1 gave a nail whilst in trench 2 Geraldine uncovered a horseshoe shaped iron which was a plate for the heel of a boot.
2. Both these trenches were backfilled by lunchtime as there seemed no more evidence in the topsoil
3. In trench 3 Mike and Claire found some charcoal and burned stone.
4. Soil structure and colour were recorded in each trench.
5. Trench 4 some 4m x 4m was de-turfed and cleaned. This is the first trench actually crossing the structure wall.
With Tuesday called off due to rain, lots to enjoy from Wednesday onwards with excavation of trench 4 and a further trench to be opened.
Clapdale excavation - day 1
2. David marked the outline of the main structure with flags so that a group was able carry out tape and offset recording.
3. Based on earlier geophysics, three trenches were marked out and two of them were de-turfed ready for excavation next week.
4. Two groups of walkers were given a guided tour of the site.
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