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Day 12!

Today, three Year 10 students from Lady Manner’s joined us at Peeling Back the Layers for their first day of a week of work experience.  They might have thought that in the third week of an excavation they were safe from the hard graft that is de-turfing, but no.  Ian had decided to extend Trench 1 to better understand what is going on, so they began their day by removing turf, and soon realised how difficult and tiring it can be – what an introduction to archaeology! Their hard work was soon rewarded though and they were able to start trowelling the newly uncovered stones. It’s looking like the stones form some kind of courtyard or surface that was probably external to the building that was once located here.

Work experience students from Lady Manners with Dan excavating the extension to Trench 1

Work experience students from Lady Manners with Dan excavating the extension to Trench 1


Meanwhile, in Trench 2, up near the cellar, rubble was being cleared away to reveal the hidden floor of the house that was once there. One stone has an L-shaped groove in it (see photo below) and we are not yet quite sure why.  It may have held iron L-shaped bar with a protruding hook for fastening a door onto (if I was following the conversations correctly), but we are not yet sure whether it is in situ or not. We welcome any ideas that you may have (diagrams welcome too!).

L-shaped groove in stone
What is it? Ideas anyone?

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