We are back at Chedworth Villa for two more weeks of excavation, it was a sunny warm day, the birds were singing and Swallows swarmed above our heads. This year we are investigating three areas, the raised area in front of the North bath house, the apsidal room next to it and more of the ‘water feature’ we worked on last year.
Nathan, Amy and Fay set to work in the apsidal room hoping for a mosaic under the turf, they started to find animal bones, flue tile and many tesserae (small cubes of stone and tile) sadly all the tesserae were lose and non were joined together into a floor!
Meanwhile, Rob, Luke, Max, Martin and Jan started on the upper area in front of the bath house. This area had been partly excavated 15 years ago. They cleaned back the site and removed the gravel down to the geo-textile that was put down over the previously excavated area, tomorrow we should be able to lift it to reveal what they found.
We are up and running, who knows what tomorrow will reveal. We have the Ranger team in to remove a small amount of Sir Ian Richmond’s concrete and have a go at excavating, so the site should change quite quickly.