Ellemford Day 10: Digger’s Blog - Kirsty, 13th October 2014
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Digger’s Blog: Kirsty 13th October 2014
(Photo Kirsty before the rain and back filling mud took over)
Suffering from post-archaeology blues after returning home from a three month dig in sunny Romania, I jumped at the opportunity to join Chris Burgess and his team at the archaeology site in Ellemford. Flask and sandwiches prepared, bag packed and with the promise of good weather from the handsome weatherman on Sky TV, I looked forward to the day ahead...
The drive to Ellemford was stunning, a picturesque Scottish landscape packed with historical curiosity and a sky full of black clouds (The TV weatherman not so attractive now!). My first job of the day...’digging’ out the waterproofs from the bottom of my rucksack!
It was great to see some familiar and not so familiar faces on site, everyone was very friendly and welcoming, and after a Health and Safety brief from Chris, I eagerly joined the team excavating 1m by 1m test pits on the hillside next to a ruined church. Our test pit produced some very fine modern-day looking pottery shreds with moor band (bedrock) at a depth of approximately 0.60m, not the best of starts but great to be excavating again. Other test pits were revealing some interesting medieval green-glazed pottery fragments, so not all that bad.
After a very wet morning and a welcomed early lunch, the afternoon saw the backfilling and re-turfing of three trenches that had previously been opened in the bottom field. This muddy job proved quite tiring but was great fun. I also found out that I had a hidden talent and if all fails on the job hunt front, patchwork could be a future career possibility!
A big thank you to all for a fantastic day of archaeology with great company, the rain never relented all day but spirits didn’t dampen and a good day was had by all. Tomorrow is to be the last day on site and with the promise of more interesting finds, all that is left to say is... rain rain go away, come again another day (preferably the day after tomorrow).
Roll on tomorrow!