CAMPAIGN TRAIL: UPDATE 12 - 14/9/2000, BACK AT THE MUSEUM
"The excavation closed on Friday with a site tour and summing up, followed on Saturday with a final morning on site for a few of us, checking records and taking final samples. Two fragments of rotary quernstone were recovered, one reused in our paved 'lane', the other reused within the post-medieval well structure. After clearing the site, final farewells to Roger and Debbie and a very late return to Cardiff, it was time to relax and rest those aching limbs! Not that our work has finished - the last three days have been devoted to the sorting of equipment, finds and records, and completing of paperwork. The silver penny of Edmund is now with the Department's Numismatist, Edward Besly, for study, while other finds have already gone to the conservation laboratory for analysis - but more of this in our next update!"
DR MARK REDKNAP
EVAN CHAPMAN - SUPERVISING THE SPRING TRENCH
"Safely back in Cardiff and slowly recovering from the feeling of complete exhaustion reached by Saturday evening. Friday passed off amazingly peacefully for the last day of a dig, though when I was endeavouring to keep an eye on the drawing of four or five sections while trying to organise the cleaning of the tools it still seemed pretty hard work.
Saturday started with cleaning the minibus and returning it to Bangor. Mark R. and myself then checked the remaining section drawings for my trench before I turned my attention to packing the van."
MARK LODWICK - SUPERVISING THE ENCLOSURE TRENCH
"Arrived back in Cardiff at midnight on Saturday night and after unloading the van went home for a long rest before spending Sunday trying to clean myself and my clothes. On Monday we were back at the Museum trying to put away all the equipment to ensure it will be ready for the Museum's next excavation at the end of next week.
Tuesday and Wednesday have been spent working on the survey data collected during the excavation. Each team member helped to create a contour survey of the enclosure and surrounding field to give us an accurate picture of the profile of the land. In all, the team took nearly 12,000 measurements over an area of 350 x 250m. All the find spots and the site survey has to be plotted to ensure all the data is correct. We plugged around 40,000 numbers into a computer and breathed a huge sigh of relief when the computer produced a map of the site which resembled the field we left on Saturday."
HEATHER JACKSON - FINDS SUPERVISOR
"Having managed to get all the tools cleaned and most of the finds packaged up in addition to de-sludging the flotation tanks, I realised it had all been too much for Roger's drain which now required unblocking. After I'd spent a couple of hours scooping out the muck it seemed to be draining again and by the following morning had cleared completely.
On Saturday, we cleaned the barn and checked the skeleton and other delicate finds were safe to be transported, then headed back to Cardiff.
After a couple of days finishing the finds paperwork in the museum, I have now handed over the skeleton, the metalwork and the prehistoric pottery to the Conservation department, and the responsibility for the storage of the finds to Evan.
I have returned in the geology department for a week before heading off to my next dig!
I really enjoyed my time at Llanbedrgoch, both working with the finds, watching the developments on site, working with the students and the museum team, and hope to return next year."