Here we go, here we go, here we go

Time to check the tools and make lists of what we need to take for the dig at Chedworth  Villa. Just a few more days until the spade cuts the first turf and the pick breaks the concrete (hopefully) oh! that reminds me must pack the safety goggles!

Last week we went to Chedworth to prepare  the site, order  the skip and  to see the  conservators working on the mosaics we exposed last year. AC, Susie and Chris were checking the condition of all the mosaics and testing different methods of cleaning them. Conservation techniques and best practise change over time, as new methods are tried or old and new poultice mixtures are discovered.

AC and Susie cleaning the corridor mosaic

AC and Susie cleaning the corridor mosaic

AC and Susie using toothbrushes to clean the mosaics

AC and Susie using toothbrushes to clean the mosaics

The new cover building is doing its  job of creating the best environment  for the mosaics and wall plaster, so far the monitoring is showing that it is working. It will take a few years to reach the ideal environmental conditions within the building but the signs are good; even when  its first two years have been  the wettest year and the hottest year!

The excavation is being done in order  to record the detail of the structure and chronological development of the bath house and to assess the conditions of two buried mosaics (key-hole test pits) The bath house was investigated by Sir Ian Richmond but his records have been lost and we are not clear what he based his concrete wall alignments on. We need to understand the villa and what elements should be revealed before we can design a new cover building that will protect the remains for generations to come. 

 

Historic picture of the bath house.

Historic picture of the bath house.

The bath house as it is today, we will be excavating most of the area is shows

The bath house as it is today, we will be excavating most of the area is shows

When we compare the historic photograph of the bath house with now we can see how much has changed. One of our jobs is to unravel what has been done and when and then unpick the story of this part of the site.

We will post daily up dates of what we find and hopefully at the end we will also have a time-lapse sequence to show you, if I get the settings right! 🙂

2 thoughts on “Here we go, here we go, here we go

  1. I’ll be interested to follow progress. I love Chedworth, but haven’t been there since the 1980s. My first visits, though we’re in about 1967. I’m guessing a lot has changed since then.

    • Yes it is another special place, we are so lucky to be able to work in these wonderful places. Chedworth has changed quite a bit over the last few years and we were not sure if everyone would like what we have done. They have so far been unfounded worries as people all seem to like what has been done 🙂 phew!

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