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Sergeant Mushroom Started conversation Aug 13, 2001
Konrad (1x6^(9-8)x(8-1)=42) (OMFC) (Goo at work, alabaster at home) Posted Aug 15, 2001
Tell all. What did you find? What did everyone else find?
Sergeant Mushroom Posted Aug 15, 2001
We had three main trenches; two in the West Ward of the castle, one in the sand dunes nearby. The latter was to see if they could locate a harbour which they believe was covered up by storms in the last couple of centuries. They found sand (or a 19th Century beach, to be exact) so they covered it up again.
The first trench in the West Ward was to try and determine where Brian Hope Taylor had his excavations in the 70s. In the last week, they discovered the bottom of his trench (sealed nicely by plastic), under which what was possibly an Anglo Saxon wall. However, we ran out of time, so we covered it up again.
I was working inthe other trench, which they were continuing from last year. On the day I was on camp duty, they knocked out the section between two areas, and someone found a medieval axe head which should clean up nicely, and two possible victorian medical storage jars holding a broken poison bottle. We also found several possible floor surfaces and areas of medieval wall, one of which sealed a post hole, which I got to dig out. There was nothing in it though, so Graham thought it may (hopefully) be saxon.
We also did coring and......'penetrating' around the front lawn, and they think they've discovered a crypt underneath the ruined church. The best thing was that the groundsman opened some well sealed storage sheds for us, which turned out to have most of Hope Taylor's finds from his 70s dig in them. The news coverage was great...'They've been digging next to them for five years and only just decided to open the doors.'
I also met many people, hopefully some of whom I'll stay in contact with. And I also tended to drink a little more than I usually do. It was great
Konrad (1x6^(9-8)x(8-1)=42) (OMFC) (Goo at work, alabaster at home) Posted Aug 16, 2001
The joys of excavation. Sorry to hear you didn't find too much. I like the guess that your post hole was saxon! very informative
The medieval axe head sounds cool.
What you really want on that sort of site is a rubbish tip you can cycle excavators too - they are always full of stuff and its really interesting - even if what you're finding isn't too archaeologically important.
Still, its a great atmosphere isn't it! Being on site - I love it. Was everyone camping? How many of you were there?
Sergeant Mushroom Posted Aug 17, 2001
We *did* have the harbour trench- that was a rubbish tip in itself, as Phil thought some housing company or other had been fly tipping there But that wasn't very exciting.
Yeah, we were camping about 2 1/2 miles away at Budle Bay. Apparently this campsite was an improvement on last year- a standpipe in a field. We even had a laundry. There was about 40 of us altogether, but not all at once- up to about 30 at one time. We had a kitchen tent (which dramatically blew over one windy night, knocking over the oven and tables with just a vegetarian pie unscathed). We also had a big sort of eating/ dossing tent, which we went in when it became too dark and cold to see the beer cans properly. And the bugs were a problem.
Yes, I loved being on site. We had two really great supervisors in our trench as well, along with some comedy moments
Konrad (1x6^(9-8)x(8-1)=42) (OMFC) (Goo at work, alabaster at home) Posted Jan 16, 2002
Hello, long time no talk...
I just wanted to ask, how is the archaeology going? Are you enjoying yourself up there?
Sergeant Mushroom Posted Jan 16, 2002
Konrad (1x6^(9-8)x(8-1)=42) (OMFC) (Goo at work, alabaster at home) Posted Jan 17, 2002
So... I'm glad you're enjoying it.
Have you done any interesting fieldwork yet? Sorted out a dig over summer? You're doing the BA I presume...?
Sergeant Mushroom Posted Jan 17, 2002
No fieldwork done yet- not until next summer. We'll get assigned to one either in Northumbria, some place I can't remember the name of or Lincolnshire. I'm also interested in going to Bamburgh again. But I also volunteered to help at the Old Fulling Mill Museum, but no one heard anything back from them for a while
Konrad (1x6^(9-8)x(8-1)=42) (OMFC) (Goo at work, alabaster at home) Posted Jan 21, 2002
No fieldwork? You poor thing! Did you get the Durham tour given by Matthew Johnson (if he is still there)? I thought that was quite cool although I was alarmed by the lack of post-medieval architectural history of some of the people...oh well - late/post/tudor is my kinda thing.
mmm. They still doing epically delicious toasties at the court inn? The dept. moved to the science site, I guess it is still there? In my day it was in saddler street, nice and close to all the shops.
Ah, it brings back memories....
Sergeant Mushroom Posted Jan 28, 2002
We never got a tour- I would have liked one. I always wonder what everything's about round here...
Yep, still at the Science site, right next to the library...not many lectures in the department, though And where's the court inn? I'm particularly enamoured of Vennel's tea place
Konrad (1x6^(9-8)x(8-1)=42) (OMFC) (Goo at work, alabaster at home) Posted Jan 31, 2002
Did you get to the London meet? I was going to go but realised at the last minute it was my poor old grandmothers birthday so I couldn't make it. Hope it was enjoyable.
The Court Inn? You don't know it? well (trys to remember) if you cross the footbridge going from town towards the SU, then you turn left going down the hill, then right towards the courts, it is there. On Court Lane.
Vennels is great! All the memories are flooding back. Perhaps I ought to visit again.
I suppose you don't get to see so much of the town now the dept. is on the science site. When it was on saddler street you got all the medieval town around you it was great. The basement of the dept. had bits of medieval town wall built into it, really quite interesting.
Well, let me know what sort of things you're studying! And who's lecturing you.
Sergeant Mushroom Posted Jan 31, 2002
I wander into town quite often- I always cross at Kingsgate and wander down Saddler Street- It's so pretty
Yeah, I got to the meet. Enjoyed it immensely. There're photos of me In Emily Ultramarine's so far.
I'm studying all sorts at the moment; Done *briefly* Rome, Med, now on post- Med...also Mesopotamia, Egypt, China and now on Indus...Prehistory...General practical stuff...Sciency bits...and a general mash of all of it
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