CAMPAIGN TRAIL: UPDATE 2 - 14/8/2000
THE NEWS IN BRIEF
After a long drive up to Anglesey, the team arrive on site and begin organising it before the students arrive tomorrow. Glorious blue skies quickly turn to rain and all eyes turn to the weather forecasts for the next week.
"By midday yesterday (Friday), van and car were loaded with equipment and we were ready to set off. We arrived on Anglesey to a warm welcome.
This morning we assembled on site at 9:30AM and discussed this year's strategy with Roger (the farmer). Our plans have already changed a little, with the decision being made to extend Evan's trench to cover the whole of the spring edge. Archie (who helped discover the site) has been very busy cutting back the tangled vegetation around this area so that we can clearly see its bumpy contours. Tomorrow we hope to start removing the top soil. "
DR MARK REDKNAP
MARK LODWICK - TRENCH SUPERVISOR
"Season 2000 has kicked off, at least for some of us - it was great to arrive back on Anglesey.
My work today concentrated on defining the excavation trenches and establishing a survey grid for the site so that we can plot all of this year's finds accurately. Unfortunately progress was hampered during late afternoon by rain, but hopes are high for good weather tomorrow and for the rest of the week. "
EVAN CHAPMAN - TRENCH SUPERVISOR
"The first day on site is always a bit disjointed, and this one was no different. After a morning setting up the site the rain came down bringing work to a close for the day.
Whilst everyone else tidied the site hut I headed off to Bangor with the minibus to pick up the first of the students who were arriving by train, to take them to the camp site.
The camp site was very wet by the time we arrived, but fortunately we've hired a couple of site huts which will offer a bit of shelter for anyone who's tent doesn't make it through the night!"