DIGGERS DIARY – 20TH SEPTEMBER 2010
A Town Unearthed September 20th 2010
Its been raining – HARD
Back in room 53 today after a break of three days. I want you to take off this area with the light brown soil. Get a finds tray and keep anything you find, separate from Caron and Bob, who are working on the other side of the room. This Area was small and shaped like half a pudding basin.
Observing what Caron and Bob were doing, I think I came off best, as they looked as if they were dealing with a six inch layer of congealed treacle.
I had some difficulty defining where the light brown soil finished and the other colour started. It’s all very tricky and the “get your eye in” comes into play.
Next job – same room – Can you start cleaning up this area over here and take it down a bit. I’m told there is a feature in there somewhere so I want you to find it.
A bit of a responsibility I thought but as I’ve been doing this since the beginning of August I think I’m supposed to know what I’m doing by now.
It took a few hours of scraping with the trowel but – suddenly – there was this funny band of green clay that seemed to go in a semi circle and was about 4” wide. That doesn’t look as if it belongs there, I thought, remembering the fuse wire. So it was off to get our leader.
After a bit of positive digging around the area, he said, “Do you know what I think you have found” – “No” – “A CLAY LINED PIT – and I haven’t seen one of those since the Isle of Thanet”
A straight line and a semi circle were drawn in the top soil and I was told to dig out within that area, go right down to the bottom.of the pit and remove what was in there. So, I ended up once again with half a pudding basin. Will my basin, being only half, qualify for membership of this mysterious – ORDER OF PUDDING BASINS – from Thanet and the rest of the country?
Next job, once you’ve finished, is to draw it, said our leader. You can do it if you like. – I’ll show you how. For a busy person our leader is very generous with his time for us learners. Time ran out today so maybe tomorrow I will learn how to draw a feature.
So, off home to a nice soak in the bath, write all this up and into bed to dream of my CLAY LINED PIT.