Archaeology isn’t all tooth-picks and CSI style science, ninety percent of fieldwork is good old fashioned hard work. So this morning began with mattocking, shovelling and barrowing as we cleared back our second trench.
Back in our first trench (Trench 3) we took soil samples for analysis before returning to it later in the day to trowel down the remaining sample squares on our giant chess board.
But the highlight of my day was the moment when we found the bottom of Alexander Keiller’s trench in the eastern end of our second trench. It last saw the light of day 79 years ago. We paused for a moment when we reached the base (left to right the feet and knees in the shot belong to Dr Josh Pollard, me and Dr Mark Gillings respectively). It was a curious feeling – a little like shaking hands with Keiller, Stuart Piggott and their workmen.