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Set up cancelled: we could not stand up in gale force northerly winds and
Hillside sodden. Winds still gale force but no rain.
Volunteers valiantly arrived, those from the East had negotiated snow on the
Posts and site notices bashed in with difficulty.
Consternation at absence from site of trench marker pegs which had been
‘removed’ ? - by some happy pegless camper?- Trenches re marked and again
Cake and shelter in friendly campervan restored spirits.
Turf removal began, a tough task.
Digging under way. No stones yet. Hilarity when one stone uncovered in wall
trench. Anna’s comment ‘Don’t’ get so excited’ More hilarity.
Windbreak erected for ‘ladies’ but difficult to fix poles so chaps decided to do
Primary school visited, surveyed and trowelled. Activities curtailed by very
Arrival of Martin. Stones now appearing in abundance. More cake.
Still bitterly cold.
A stone tool was found inside wall face ;a slim smooth rounded pebble, probably
a ‘rubber’, and in the wall fill was a heavy rounded stone. possibly an anvil. A
possible hearth stone appeared in the central trench, with a few charcoal
Wall trench was dug to natural ground level.
High school children visited and dug in very muddy flooded soil trench.
All trenches sectioned and drawn. This clarified wall construction.
Nearby ‘clearance’ cairns planetabled.
All done: trenches infilled. Always sad to do this
NEW EXCITING RESULTS!
The results are back from the radiocarbon tests analysed by SUERC.
Go to Radiocarbon Results page for more