The Tawny Owl calls as the last shovelful of soil is thrown into the trench, we load up our tools and finds and head home exhausted but happy with the last two weeks excavations.
We have had some wonderful finds and have uncovered lots of new information about the life of the villa and the changes the owners made over time.
Martin found a series of floors in the plunge pool, trench F and also the drain opening.
One volunteer we need to mention is John, who spent three days trying to get to a floor surface in trench A, he was nearly there by the end of the day. Martin needed to get in the trench to draw the wall and sections so John climbed out one last time and left for home.
While troweling the wall to see the stone more clearly Martin cleaned up the bottom of the trench and found a stone flagged surface! John had been so close to his goal!
The main group of volunteers worked tirelessly on shoveling all the soil back into the trenches, and re-laying the turf.
Time passed, each trench was lined with geo-textile and filled. Nathan and Lois had to leave by five, leaving the rest of time team who stayed until seven fuelled by ice-cream and cold drinks.
A big thankyou to all our lovely volunteers who helped over the two weeks, as ever we could not do this work without you. Rain, mud, and the odd day of baking sun did not deter you, your dedication, enthusiasm and joy reminds us of why we love archaeology.