Monday 22 July – two trenches opened


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Quite a lot took place on the first day of the dig! After the JCB digger had removed the top layer of turf on the two trenches, the teams set to work on defining the edges of the excavation area. Once this was done, the inside area of the trenches was cleaned up and the group began sieving through the top layers of earth which had previously been dug up. (photo: cleaning Trench 2 after removal of topsoil)

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Among the finds of the day were a small coin (a farthing) of Charles I, a small dragon-like ornament, a Tudor or Stuart lead cloth seal, and two thimbles (photo: some finds from Trench 1).

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The day had altogether been very successful, and it was confirmed that our trenches had located the site of the Norman outer bailey defences, as was suspected. As this was my first time taking part in an…

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