CAMPAIGN TRAIL: ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DIG BEGINS
THE NEWS IN BRIEF
With less than a week to go the bulk of the planning for the dig has been completed and its time to start worrying about the little things - do we have enough tools for 28 volunteers? will we have enough find's bags? where exactly will the trenches be going?
"Seven days to blast-off and everything seems to be fitting into place. Literally in some senses as I have been able to spend a little time on the adolescent skull excavated last year: and rejoiced to find another fragment that fitted. This week will be devoted to crating up essential records and material in readiness for our departure for the site.
Our site planner, Dave Stevens, has visited the Department and prepared the surveying records, this will help us pin point last year's features and position this year's trenches, which we will be doing - on site - next Saturday. "
DR MARK REDKNAP
MARK LODWICK - DIG ORGANISER
"I'm in the middle of organising the equipment and excavation recording forms at the moment. Along with photography and plans, the forms are one of the main ways we record the archaeology that we find and we've got a range for different purposes: from context sheets for recording archaeological features to artefact record sheets for recording the objects we recover from each context. Without the forms we wouldn't be able to keep track of what we're excavating - and we certainly wouldn't remember how last year's work related to anything we might find this year.
As well as the usual forms for recording archaeological features I'm also making sure that we've got a stock of skeletal recording forms so we can make detailed notes about the skeleton we left unexcavated at the end of last year's dig. "
EVAN CHAPMAN - FINDS SUPERVISOR
"It's my responsibility to make sure that we've got all of the equipment for finds processing we need - nothing very high-tech, just nail brushes, pens, rulers and washing up bowls, and more forms! I've also got to make sure that we've got enough packing material - boxes and plastic bags - for whatever we might find this year. It's a bit of a gamble because we never know exactly what we're going to turn up, but after a few years of working on Anglesey I've got a reasonable idea of what we're going to need - famous last words!
Other than that, I will be spending the next few days clearing the decks here in the vain hope that there will not be too work waiting for me when I come back from Anglesey in three weeks time."