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Mark Redknap puts the finishing touches to the plans for this year's excavation.
Mark Redknap puts the finishing touches to the plans for this year's excavation.
Evan Chapman fine tunes the connections for the flotation tank.
Evan Chapman fine tunes the connections for the flotation tank.


With only a few days to go before the seventh season at Llanbedrgoch, the Department has become a hive of activity - planning, organising and co-ordinating this year's dig. Mark Lodwick has taken a holiday before the excavation, and Heather Jackson isn't about until the start of the dig, leaving Mark Redknap and Evan Chapman to make the last minute arrangements.


"In contrast to the preparation for last year's season, which was focused on the excavation and recording of human remains, this season has involved preparing for the possibility of palaeo-environmental remains from the deposits within the feature which we have called the 'spring', such as waterlogged wood and plant remains. This new target has required discussions with colleagues on appropriate strategies both during and after the excavation - something that will undoubtedly develop as the feature is excavated. I'm off now to hunt for my wellingtons and waterproof notepad! "



"Most of the excavation equipment and site recording forms were sorted out a couple of weeks ago, just before Mark Lodwick disappeared off on holiday. It is now time to pull together the equipment and forms needed for finds processing. Even though I will not be in charge of finds this year, this preparation is still my responsibility.

My big question every year is how many cardboard boxes, plastic bags and other packaging materials will be needed, as one never knows exactly what is going to be found. It is important not to run out of anything, but space in the van is always at a premium.

The other thing I must do this week is check the flotation tank (used to extract charcoal, grain etc. from soil samples). We've got a new pump for it this year so I need to make sure all the connections fit."



"The last couple of weeks have been spent updating the web site to accommodate another season's work. As well as archiving last year's web pages (see the '1999 season' button above), I've also had to gather together new background pages, organise translation, and make sure that the logistics of this year's web project are in place.

Last week the 'Digging for Vikings' project got a big boost by being nominated as a finalist in the Channel 4 ICT category at this year's British Archaeological Awards - a valuable recognition for all the hard work the team have put into the pages."

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