2018 12 19 fran

 This week, our last gathering before Xmas, was spent split between Finds Processing and preparing the new location for our storage shed, kindly donated by members of the group. Probably the last of the current Winnall Mill finds were counted and weighed and then entered onto the database by Francesca. Also Tina washed some trays of finds, including those collected last week's during field-walking.

 

2018 12 19 sam ian

 After lunch, Ian and Sam, resting from their outdoor stint with Terry and Gareth, took over the counting and weighing from Keith and Margaret. This enabled the latter to cross-check some trench information with Terry (below), who was attempting to weigh the pieces of used French Burr millstones foundincorporated into the floors of various areas of Winnall Mill during past seasons excavation.

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 Finally, we would like to wish all our readers and group members, young and old

a very Happy Christmas and New Year! 

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shed n john

Welcome John who joined on site to put the finishing touch to our new tool and finds shed.

 

Not quite what John expected when he joined NWAG. Not a trowel in site!

 

Many thanks to those members that turned up today in the cold and wet conditions, well done. We set out to prepare two sites for a drone visit.

 

Keith n tina

Sam and Tina getting one of two sites ready for a drone flyover.

 

GpS drone

Gareth checks out the site.

 

Thank you Andy (friend of Keiths who skilfully flue his drone over our sites. Pictures are amazing cant wait to show all members the results.

After the drones vist the site was finally recorded.

 

Our Christmas Meal at the Lenchford

 

Christmas 2018 party

 

 Yesterday eleven of us gathered at the Lenchford for pre-dinner drinks and a meal (some even indulged in puddings!)

It was a good opportunity to mix and catch up on news with those we hadn't seen for a while. There were a few guests missing so we hope this was not due to illness. We know for sure that Valerie had a fall before Christmas and was hospitalised as a result, so we send her our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

After dinner we retired to the upper room for some festive fun arranged by Margaret, which included a special archaeological version of the 12 days of Christmas which we sang complete with suitable props (Terry suggested we repeated it again next year!) There was also an "obscure photo challenge" in which we tried to recognise the members working on site. 

For the first time in the group's history, there was  an award given for the "Digger of the Year". This was arranged by Gareth, who since the tightening up of our safety on site measures, meant he had kept a good record of attendances for all sessions, both on site and elsewhere. He named runners up, but the winner or rather joint winners were Terry and Margaret. He also named those in the runners-up groups, so please ask him what position you came in at when you next see him.

 

We finished by discussing the forthcoming projects for the year, which were briefly mentioned before at the AGM and other meetings. Gareth is preparing a list of them which will enable us to plan what we can do and when (often dictated by our valuable workforce!) Also, given the duration of some  projects, some of our members previously unable to attend Wed digs might have a chance to attend on another day of the week.

We also tried to find a possible name for the Sheds on our new site. Mike suggested the Tardis, but if any of you have other suggestions please let us know.

Finally, the group's Committee would like to thank everyone for their sterling effort this year, and to wish you all a very  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!