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Some last-minute surprises
Day thirteen was a drier and more productive day, helped along by some delicious scones. Thank-you Hilary!
Area 2 turned out to contain a stone-lined pit with some more chunky pieces of Huntcliffe ware and also some bone. Environmental samples have been taken from within the pit. In Area Three the students found a lovely stone spindle-whorl and a small piece of Samian
Area 4 continues to surprise, with a raised plinth surrounded by limestone cobbles. Two chunks of daub also suggest a lost structure here.
After close of play we assembled at the Bike Centre for a delicious barbecue.
The site as it now appears Spindle whorl number two
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Hilary bringing treats Me, filming all the action, hopefully for TV!
News Record: 94     Updated: 21-07-2019 17:44:18

Day twelve
Good progress and some interesting finds today before the rain arrived. We have come across several examples of the decorative use of crinoidal limestone but today in Area 4 we found a rectangular "flagstone" with square corners and a neat edge. Also in Area 2, pieces of a Black Burnished ware "dog bowl".
It was a day for welcoming visitors too. Technology expert and SWAAG webmaster Stephen Eastmead arrived with his drone to take some vertical shots of the site. Then Landowner David Clarke rocked up on his quadbike for a look round and was delighted with progress and amazed at the extent of what has been uncovered. Finally our friend and pottery mentor Eniko Hudak arrived bearing gifts of biscuits. She took the time to look through our pottery finds to date including the dog bowl still in situ.
Sadly shortly after she left, the heavens opened and after a jolly time huddled in the finds tent, work was abandoned for the day.
Stephen and the magic drone David Clarke tours the site
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Eniko, sherd-nerd extraordinaire Rain!
News Record: 93     Updated: 20-07-2019 14:26:58

A big thank-you to Newcastle Archaeology Dept.
As we come to the end of our fortnight's dig on The Hagg we have to pay tribute to the hard working students of Newcastle University who have joined us this year. Under the watchful eye of Dr James Gerrard, they have achieved the mammoth task of excavating Area 3 with cheerful enthusiasm. With their help we have been able to achieve more this year than we could have imagined.
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News Record: 92     Updated: 19-07-2019 16:40:53

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