CAMPAIGN TRAIL: DAY 1: OUR FIRST UPDATE FROM THE FIELD
THE NEWS IN BRIEF
The end of a very long day... The trenches have been placed, the campsite set up, and the volunteers arrived... and still the sun shines!
" As we approached Caernarfon yesterday evening on a perfect evening we were captivated by the fine views of Anglesey - a good omen.
The team has spent most of the day surveying our two trenches, and off-loading equipment. I have just clambered up from the bottom of a drainage ditch, filled with a mass of unruly vegetation, including nettles 6' high. In amongst the tangle are large stones in the ditch side which may prove (I hope) to be our first glimpse of the defensive wall around the enclosure. We are now waiting for the mechanical digger to arrive and assist with the removal of the ploughsoil from the trench."
DR MARK REDKNAP
MARK LODWICK - DIG ORGANISER
" We made an early start this morning to unload all the excavation equipment on site and begin surveying to accurately pinpoint the location of this year's trenches. We're using a total station which takes all the measurements electronically and reduces the chances of us making mistakes. Both trenches were laid out by mid-afternoon ready for Roger (the farmer's) mechanical digger to remove the top soil, and Archie (the site's metal detectorist) to check for any finds we might otherwise miss.
Its very exciting to see the site taking shape (at least above ground) and I'm looking forward to meeting the rest of the team tonight when they arrive at the campsite. "
EVAN CHAPMAN - FINDS SUPERVISOR
" Back again - it doesn't feel like a whole year has passed. I seem to have spent the day chasing around Anglesey. First to the site to off-load equipment from the van, then to the campsite to inspect facilities, then to Bangor to pick up minibuses and find pipe connectors for the camp site showers, then across to the train station to pick up the first volunteers.
In between I've even found time to start sorting out the find's hut - an out building in the old farmyard. It's the same one we've used in previous years and is perfect for the job - spacious, airy and dry. The only down side is that it is a long way from the trenches."