|Today we welcomed James Gerrard of Newcastle University Archaeology Department with his team of undergraduate students. For many of them this is their first dig. For all of them, this is an opportunity to take part in a community dig on a fascinating Romano-British site and furthermore with stunning Dales views!
The students wasted no time in getting stuck in, deturfing Area Three. With some advice from expert turf stackers Dave and Graham, they created a wall of neatly-arranged turves with impressive speed. It is great to have them on site.
So we now have three distinct areas opened up, all of them quite extensive. Area One just below the tent is currently a massive operation to remove a ton of ancient backfill and to expose the flagged floor/ yard area. The aim is to find out the extent of the flags and perhaps further clues about a second roundhouse.
Area Two is to the South and is uncovering a curvilinear wall. This area has already yielded three interesting stone tools, perhaps honing stones and what looks like a rubbing stone. In spite of Graham Taylor's good wishes, there has so far been no pot!