Trowels down, its hammer time!

The day dawned with the prospect of the end of 1960s concrete the man from the tool hire place was bringing us a jack hammer, Mark was really looking forward to it, he was the man for the job and soon staggered onto site with the instrument plugged in and ready to go.

Mark on the jack hammer and George talking with visitors while waiting to use the sledgehammer

Mark on the jack hammer and George talking with visitors while waiting to use the sledge-hammer

With George helping with the sledge-hammer and the girls clearing, bucketing and barrowing the lumps away the morning passed in a huff and a puff of effort.

There now follows a spot the difference excercise 🙂

The end of yesterday

The end of yesterday

Just after luch today

Just after lunch today

After the site was clear of the 1960s it was time to get out the trowels again and clean back the surfaces and layers to see where the roman ones started and where Ian Richmond’s ones ended. Martin finished off digging the Richmond hole that Lizzie had started and found it went down onto a roman drain! It looks like they did not empty it out fully so we may have some lovely finds from there 🙂

The roman drain with islands of roman material that Richmond did not dig

The roman drain with islands of roman material that Richmond did not dig

The kerb and concrete did sit on top of roman walls you can see in the picture the curve of the apsidal wall with the modern drain across the top of it.

The curving apsidal wall that was under the concrete

The curving apsidal wall that was under the concrete

As someone once said ‘tomorrow is another day’, one filled with much promise.

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