Day 7 – Monsoon season

A lovely quiet, dry start to Sunday, Alice, Fay and I were joined by Nick and Roz, full of hope for a few hours of dry digging!

Nick and Roz working in trench

Nick and Roz working in trench F

Fay moved from digging ‘Richmond’s’ 1960s trench back-fill up to trench B where Rob found the lovely worked bone and coins. Today could be an exciting one, as Fay began to remove more of the Roman layer.

More of the feature Rob found, the tiles are still going down

More of the feature Rob found. The tiles are still going down

Alice returned to trench C to try to find the steps associated with the doorway.

Alice in trench C

Alice in trench C

All was well, tea break was called with a shout of ‘clean up your loose’, Sue had come to do more finds washing for us, the coffee and hot chocolates arrived, then……. the heavens opened and down came rain so heavy it bounced a foot into the air! Too late to pull the covers over or rescue our bags, we just watched as the trenches filled with water.

As the rain started to ease, trench F in the for ground

As the rain started to ease, trench F in the foreground

Thank goodness for the little gazebo, Sue in the middle with the finds she is washing in front of her.

Thank goodness for the little gazebo, Sue in the middle with the finds she is washing in front of her. Is that a Roman lady on the right!

Some of the finds Sue washed, painted plaster on the left and a mixture of animal bone and tesserae on the right

Some of the finds Sue washed, painted plaster on the left and a mixture of animal bone and tesserae on the right

When we ventured back to the trenches, sponges at the ready, we found a mini plunge pool were Alice had so carefully cleaned some painted plaster she had found!

Alice bailing out her trench, one bucket full already.

Alice bailing out her trench, one bucket full already!

Alice did a wonderful job cleaning her trench and revealing the painted plaster again

Painted plaster

Painted plaster

Trench F, had become too slippery and sticky for Roz and Nick to work in, so I moved them up to the more sandy mortar trench A. They did a fantastic job in very testing circumstances, and managed to spot a lovely roof tile.

A very happy couple with the roof tile from trench A

A very happy couple with the roof tile from trench A

We managed to get quite a bit done even with the heavy showers. The team were dedicated and well prepared for the wet weather as you can see below 🙂

Nick models what all best dressed archaeologist are wearing this season

Nick models what all best dressed archaeologists are wearing this season

 

2 thoughts on “Day 7 – Monsoon season

  1. We had a lovely visit to Chedworth despite the rain and really enjoyed talking to you. Thank you for showing us some of the finds and telling us about your work. It’s great to see work like this actually in progress, hopefully I can come and join in getting my hands dirty next year!

    • Hi Liz, thank you its always lovely to get positive feed back 🙂 hope to see you next year with muddy hands 🙂

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