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DIGGERS DIARY – 20TH AUGUST 2010

A Town Unearthed  – 20th  – 31st August 2010 

Villa – Revealed!! – well – just a  fraction but even that looks big. 

 Days of digging out infill and barrowing are, for the time being, over.  No point in boring you. 

 The walls have appeared. – WE HAVE ROOMS, a CORRIDOOR, a PORCH and part of a COURTYARD. 

Mr Winbolt, the original  excavator of the Villa made a plan of the site and our job is to excavate the bits that are about to go over the cliff.  Along the way we are checking our findings with his plan. He wrote a book about his dig. You can get it from your library, if you still have one!

 Arrived one morning to find a a large trench dug in the middle of the courtyard. This was where the military during the WAR placed guns to shoot down doodlebugs and enemy planes.  The Romans would have appreciated that.

Best find here?  was some barbed wire and a jar of American Cavalier shoe crème, complete with lid, label and cream inside.  That’s modern archaeology for you.  Were the Yanks here with nice shiny shoes or was it some black market trade off. We will never know or, one for the researchers.

 One night the sight was visited by A VERY LOW FORM OF LIFE in the shape of NIGHT HAWKS.  These particular vermin visit sites like this, at night with their metal detectors in the hope of finding something precious they can sell or keep to themselves.  I would like to, but can’t repeat, some of the names they were called and the fates they were assigned to. 

Signs were suggested like “THIS WAY FOR POTINS” heading straight over the cliff.

 However – DON’T COME BACK YOU GREEDY LITTLE GRASPERS – BECAUSE WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED.

 Unfortunately, this pond life gives other reputable metal detectorists who work with archaeologists a bad name.  We have some working with us and they are very helpful.in finding the pieces that we miss.

 Paraphernalia  of Archaeology – or – What you don’t get to see on Time Team 

Spades, shovels, odds and ends of  hand brushes, brooms, small hand shovels, supermarket plastic food trays, kneeling mats, old toothbrushes, scrubbing brushes, dishwashing brushes, old washing up bowls, mattocks, trowels, water containers, Plastic foam for dabbing painted plaster, lots of buckets, barrows, little plastic bags(for small objects) large plastic bags for keeping bits of washed pottery in. supermarket stacking trays, rubber gloves, rakes. Plumb lines, tape measures, lots of string and 6 inch nails and a spirit level. 

 Listening to the experienced archaeologists , this is a very classy site – the view is unequalled  and we have posh toilets.

 Digger

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