CAMPAIGN TRAIL: 20/12/99 - 4 MONTHS LATER
"Over the last few months, we have been studying our excavation records and drying the few remaining bags of washed animal bone.
One important objective over the next three months will be to obtain radiocarbon dates for some of the key contexts uncovered during the excavation, such as the soil horizon beneath the wall in the Enclosure Field (Mark Lodwick's trench), the pre-wall ditch fills, the burnt mound in the South Field (Mark Lewis's trench), the rubble layer lapping against outside of wall, and the pre-midden ditch inside the enclosure wall.
Each sample needs careful weighing, documenting and packing, before it can be despatched to the dating laboratory for analysis. Samples requiring normal counting can be processed in about 30 days.
The second task we are about to start (in January 2000) is the washing of the five skeletons and reconstruction of the skulls. This will take about two months, and will lead to a preliminary anatomical assessment of the individuals. We should then start to learn much more about these people. Sampling for radiocarbon dating will eventually be undertaken, but not before our specialist has had an opportunity to examine all the skeletal remains.
Seasonal Greetings from all of us in the Department of Archaeology & Numismatics. We hope that you will be able to visit the web-site updates in 2000!"
DR MARK REDKNAP