Get set, go….

Lunch time at Hive Beach

Lunch time at Hive Beach

Day One of the dig on the beach at Burton Bradstock,  starts cloudy but dry and the NT working holiday gang arrive ready to go and full of beans. The day was spent de- turfing the marked out trench and the face of the small cliff, and then cleaning back (towelling off an inch or so of topsoil) the first layer.

Cleaning back the site after the turf has been removed

Cleaning back the site after the turf has been removed

The walls and brick fireplace eroding from the cliff
The walls and brick fireplace eroding from the cliff

We have already found quite a mixture of finds, including some local earthenware pottery from the late 18th century as well as finer china also from the same period. There are also many finds from more recent history on the site, silver foil ice cream wrappers, 1980s ring pulls from cans, and £1.30 in new money! we will put it towards our end of dig cream tea. Talking of cream teas we started with one today courtesy of our lovely ranger Sarah and her mum, very yummy 🙂 So the day ended with very happy diggers with stiff joints, hope they make it back tomorrow! 

Finds from the topsoil, including local 18th century earthern ware, flint and galss
Finds from the topsoil, including local 18th century earthen ware, flint and glass

3 thoughts on “Get set, go….

  1. Looking good so far, ring pulls & silver wrappers, now that brings back memories but it also highlights that some things will probably never biodegrade! Hope the sun’s come out for you today, looking forward to the next installment
    Jackie B

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