The last full day of digging as dawned and its all hands to the pump to get to the bottom of the bath house and gather the last ounce of information from all the trenches.
Eileen set to work in the Buckeye tree trench next to the cross passage ‘buttress’ her task was to find out what was happening next to the wall were the soil changed colour.
Eileen soon popped up to alert us to the answer, a very large stone in the corner where the ‘buttress’ meets the corridor wall of the north range.
Carol was joined by John and Les in the mosaic trench to finish checking if the mosaics were in good condition.
Once again we travel past the bath house trench (more later :-)) up to the Nymphaeum trench and Peter who has been gallantly digging through the sticky clay to find the probably roman culvert from the Nymphaeum spring. It looks like all his hard work has been successful, under the three metal pipes the wall continues and seems to be forming the sides of a stone culvert.
Now back down the steps to the bath house trench, were Fay and Rob are working hard to get to the bottom of the hypocaust pilae (the pillars that the floor sat on, so the hot air could circulate around) and find what kind of floor is under them.
They were joined in the trench by our colleague Claudine, a National Trust archaeologist from Wales.
Steve and Max returned to give us a hand back filling. We were not ready to do any, so Claudine who needed to stretch her legs offered to let them dig the bit she was doing. Steve went first and within minutes had found a wonderful object under a piece of flue tile.
So the day ended with a fantastic find and Rob and Fay are poised above the floor. Half a digging day left, so it’s an early night for all.