CAMPAIGN TRAIL: DAY 23 - 13/9/99, BACK IN THE MUSEUM
"On Saturday, after taking some soil samples from sequences of deposits visible in some of the sections (for thin-section analysis of soil/sediment types), some final checking of plan and section drawings was needed. Last minute finds included a copper alloy ringed pin (a 10th-century dress fastener worn at the shoulder; similar examples have been found in previous seasons) and several fragments of quern stone. Once again, our thanks to all who helped to many this year's excavation possible (both on site, and behind the scenes)!
Now that we are back in the Museum, we will be processing the finds and devising a list of conservation and storage needs, in order of priority. The site archive will be re-organised, and all our rolls of film developed and catalogued. We will shortly finalize a scheme for post-excavation on the skeletons, and I will be making a selection of charcoal samples for radiocarbon dating.
The post-excavation process will take some time, and so our next web-page update will not be until 10th December. Why not log on then and catch up with latest developments!"
DR MARK REDKNAP
MARK LODWICK - DIG ORGANISER
"A series of long days culminating in a much needed day off before returning to the Museum Monday morning.
Friday (our last real day) went quite well, we finished the recording in the trench and then took soil samples of the sequence of all the different layers in the enclosure ditch and beneath one of the stones in the wall. The day ended with some of us taking 'levels' over the trench, which enable us to calculate how high the wall and ditch are above sea level and give an idea of the gradients of surfaces in the trench. There was a sad goodbye to a great team in the evening with a big thanks for all their hard work.
Saturday morning saw us up early and after some clearing up we were on site again, but this time without the assistance of the students and volunteers. I worked with Dave to hammer in some grid pegs in areas that we hope are inaccessible to cows and ploughs. When the field returns to agriculture after Roger backfills the trenches we loose all our points of reference in the field, so it's important that we keep points somewhere to enable us to locate exactly where we have worked previously and where to put any new trenches.
Then came the goodbye to Anglesey and the long journey back to Cardiff finishing with unloading the van at the Museum where much of the equipment was handed straight over to another excavation which begins on Monday.
The pressure of time is now reduced and over the next few weeks I will start to sort and put away the excavation equipment and work at sorting much of the data recovered over the three weeks."
MARK LEWIS - WALL TRENCH SUPERVISOR
[Mark Lewis has escaped back to being a MSc Conservation Student]
EVAN CHAPMAN - FINDS SUPERVISOR
"Now back in the Museum, after a 12-hour day, a 14-hour day and a very much needed day off.
Friday produced some very clayey flotation samples from the ditch fills in Mark Lewis's trench, which seemed to take for ever to process. We then had the delight of cleaning out the flotation drum and the settling tanks, a truly messy job. It is hard to believe one could collect so much sediment in three weeks. This all took far longer than I had planned on but I did manage to get all the finds out standing bagged up before giving up for the day.
Saturday was the usual packing up collection of odd jobs and chasing around the place, basically the reverse process of the first two days:-
- cleaning the minibuses;
- returning them (plus any students catching the train) to Bangor;
- clearing up the camp site;
- packing up the finds for transport;
- loading the van;
- driving back to Cardiff;
- unloading the van.
Now back in the museum I will spend this week sorting out the finds; finishing off their paperwork; and working through the mound of papers sitting on my desk!"