Wark Castle 2015: Day 1 Digger’s Blog - Deb
Saturday, 18 April 2015
Digger’s Blog Day 1 Deb 18th October 2015
(Photo Deb in trench 3 at Wark today (18/4))
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that an archaeologist in possession of an HLF fortune must be in want of a Digger” (Jane Austin, Pride and Palisade. 1813. On the discovery that Mr Bennet was entirely without capacity to wield a mattock).
The lessons of history have been learned and so it was that on Day 1 of the 2015 Flodden season, the JCB, (manned by the antithesis of Mr Bennet), arrived and duly made the company swoon. We remain indebted to his appreciable skills and wit. (Eat your heart out Mr Darcy)
I know you do not appreciate wordy Blogs, so let’s cut to the chase…
1) Health and Safety: We have secured ourselves a Nurse – (Janet). A proper nurse! None of that ‘how are you in your spirits’ malarkey and ‘did you fall off the potty when your mother wasn’t looking’. Oh no! This is a proper nurse who will rip the tics from your flesh with her own bare teeth and write a prescription for antibiotics which she can not only pronounce but also spell.
Prediction: Janet will be privatised.
2) Ornithology. Today we saw a buzzard (huge), a kestrel (acrobatic), an oyster catcher (vocal), courting mallards (cute), house-martins (heart-warming) and pheasants (thick as mince).
3) Archaeology: two trenches opened cleaned-back and ready to rock.
Trench one overlies and dives beneath that dug last year which produced a fine mediaeval bodkin arrowhead…….additionally it exposes that area where geophysical investigation has identified a path (cough!)
Trench two re-opens that area of wall which revealed itself just as proceedings were coming to a close last time out. We know for sure that this wall will be littered with the remnants of the massed remains of the Flodden Fallen and a note will be concealed within a bottle pointing out that the Scots actually won but James was scunnered with the feted lifestyle and had chosen to tune-in, turn-on and drop-out with a close personal friend in newly discovered San Francisco.
Prediction: a riot.
Last but not least….
Special Guest Appearance today from Mr Tom Broad….Haste Ye Back, Tom!