Saturday, 21 July 2018

Goodbye G1

Today was the last day in G1. All the walls have been recorded and finds bagged up. 

Pix of finds will be posted as soon as we have processed them.

Thanks to all who worked on G1 in a very hot summer. We now move on to the entrance porch area in August. 

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Dig Day VIII - droning on and on...

We were hosting today a very nice guy who has volunteered to take some pix of our site from the air! He is a professional drone photographer in the commercial sector. Of course we had the required paperwork permissions from the tenant. Here the drone takes to the air.

However, the swifts think it is a weird type of buzzard, so try to beat it up. 

The drone comes into base - yes, that small dot in the top right hand corner. 

Meanwhile, we did some recording of the drain foundation stones and walls. 

It is possible that we will finish trench G1 in the following two sessions and after a short break (Chris is off to see his grandsons in London) a new trench will be opened. The drone pix will be posted as soon as they are processed. 

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Dig Day VII

This weekend we had the digging machine to take off some of the demolition material and to extend the trench a little to find the corner of the building. It looks like the corner has been taken out, but the drain keeps going. The interior has failed to produce a basement and the walls sit on natural, with no bedding trench found or floors. It looks like all the stratigraphy has been dumped up to the walls and covered the drain. It is just a matter of uncovering the wall material and drain in this corner and recording. We have a drone coming on Wednesday to give us some aerial shots!     
Where has that wall gone? No corner, which is generally some of the best stone, so no surprise they took it. 

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Hot, hot, hot...

Pretty hot work today (29-30c), but some good digging was done.

The wall and drain was cleaned up and more of the drain floor exposed. Meanwhile reduction of the interior and exterior layers continued. 

The East facing wall sits on some rough stone foundation.

The drain and wall to the west is now exposed. More recording will now be done.  

Meanwhile the very hot weather has revealed some parch-marks and this is the porch and entrance of the manor house, 15m from where we are digging and matching the geophiz location exactly. We will dig a 5m square trench here to confirm.  

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

School of Rock

Had a visit from a school group today. The F word was used (Fossil), so had to disabuse them.

 They had a look at some of our finds.

Meanwhile, we have continued to reduce the external layers to find more courses of stone.

We have also been reducing the interior layers and are hoping for that cellar to appear.

Monday, 18 June 2018


After a good clean the stone walls were coming up very clear and after some recording we started to reduce the dump material up against the them.

Inside the walls most of the later dumped material is now off and the original dump from the demolition is now coming up. This will be recorded and then reduced. Hopefully this may show up the bedding trenches for the walls and drain. When they are recorded we can start to reduce what we hope will be the fill of the basement, which should be in this corner of the building. Look at the painting in earlier posts and the small window can be seen at this point, letting light in to the underground cellar.   

We are also reducing the outside material to expose the courses of this wall to the east of the drain.

Meanwhile the material against the western wall is also being reduced. 

We have a school coming on Wednesday to see what we have been finding.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Stone me!

The third day on site was taken up with recording, including drawing plans and sections, taking levels, paperwork and photography. 
Hugh drawing a section of the drain.

John drawing a plan of one of the walls. 

Nice office on a sunny day.