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Before the dig started we had a day school to give our volunteers an introduction into what archaeology is all about. This seemed to be appreciated by most of them, as it was explained that we were trying to build a team, who knew what was going on and why.
The actual work started last weekend and went very well. Our volunteers are all highly motivated and enthusiastic; in fact the enthusiasm needs to be held back a bit! Not easy! But I think we are fortunate in that we have a really lovely bunch of people, and they all seem to get on with each other which is great.
I admit I was very worried that the whole thing was going to be a disaster, and I was scared that I couldn’t manage it, but I now believe it is going to be a success and that although we may never be able to definitively say what the features are, at least we will have had great fun trying to find out, and the work we do will have helped to fire people’s imagination and create interest in the study of archaeology, not to mention local history.
So far we have done a lot of clearing, and have gone down to the bedrock in Trench I. A very thin layer of humus was all that was covering it. We now need to clean and draw it properly before moving on or trying to join it up with another trench..
I will post another update next week

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