A hot day, good for ice creams and sun loungers not for mattocking and shoveling the clay and building debris filling the cold plunge pool. Definite need for a time machine to use it properly.
Excitement up in trench B Room 24. Rob has cleared round a pile of rubble and revealed a small structure built against the wall with a central setting of limestone and edged with clay tiles. Some feature within the bath house. Not sure what yet. All may be revealed at a lower level. Rob then found a coin and beside it part of a bone pin. If that wasn’t enough he soon found a second coin and both dated to the 4th century (precise emperors and dates to follow). We have only found two other coins since starting work at the villa in 2010 and none from a good archaeological context until today.
Marie and Lois came to help today and excavated in the apse of Room 24.
Nancy has found a hardstanding remnant for a 2nd century wall below the clay
and Fay has revealed more of the early villa in trench D below Richmond’s concrete. Interesting to see now that one hypocaust flue was blocked and replaced by another about 1800 years ago. We’re getting a much better understanding of what lies beneath Sir Ian’s 1963 concrete.
Back in the 4th century baths changing room, Room 24, Alice found some painted plaster against the wall in trench C and this is similar to some found by Rob along the wall to the north in B. It would be quite something to find an intact decorated wall at a lower level…
Lois transferred to Luke’s trench A at the end of the day and began to reveal some structural stone along its northern edge.. not sure what this is yet.