What a load of rubbish!

Day five on the windy Dorset coast, with sand in our eyes, hair and ears the National Trust working holiday group reach their last day. The group have worked very hard to get as much excavated as possible, I cannot thank them enough.

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Again the girls and the boys worked at opposite ends of the site, the boys in the late 18th century and the girls in the 1940s!

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The rubbish pit produced mugs, plates, bottles, tin cans and a toothbrush! The plate gave us a good date 1943 written on the base and we had two fancy art deco type Brylcream jars, I think we are starting to build a good picture of the guys who dug the hole seventy years ago!

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Susie found a hoard of bottles and an enamel water flask.

Alison found the mugs, and Kathleen a drinks bottle.

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At three o clock the rain came but so did the chocolate cake 🙂 everyone left with warm glows and full tummies 🙂

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A mug of something warming

Day three in the Hive Beach house! another dry but windy day. We lost two of the gang to a day of geophysics but gained a local volunteer and for ten minutes three very young archaeologists (ages 4, 6 and 8)

Three young archaeologist, being 'trained' by Millie

Three young archaeologist, being ‘trained’ by Millie

Kathleen and Ben moved from the top of the ‘cliff’ down into what remains of the building, to start the job of emptying the rubble from what is left of the ‘rooms’ either side of the fireplace. They did a great job and we have more plaster surviving on the walls.

Before rubble removal

Before rubble removal

After rubble removal

After rubble removal

Before rubble removal

Before rubble removal

After rubble removal

After rubble removal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Area of iron and coal

Area of iron and coal

The rest of the workforce carried on going down behind the building, behind the old seat concrete base is an area of coal, ironwork, possible tin cans,  glass and pottery. It looks like someone has burnt the remains of a small building or have had a very big picnic! We know that during World War II  there were small buildings put up in the area and some of the finds coming out of the area of burning seem to date to this time. Anyone for a mug of Bovril 🙂

Bovril meat extract jar from about 1940?

Bovril meat extract jar from about 1940?