With the weather again being inclement, the group stayed in the dry and continued with processing finds discovered from various sites they have worked on during the past season. When the finds have been cleaned so that more detail shows it's a good opportunity to research some of them further, especially if it might help to either establish a date for the site or for certain parts of it . On occasions experts from WAAS with their greater knowledge will also help us out.
Today the ladies had fun trying to piece together some of the numerous pieces of broken crockery that was found in a concentrated area at Winnall Mill recently. There was a quantity of everyday blue and white (not Willow Pattern though) and fine white china with a gold band. Since not all of the samples were available only a few bits actually matched, so the group will probably have another session some other time.
Below are some photos taken at the same mill during the early days.
Winnall Mill Living room floor and Bread Oven when first cleaned out.
Winnall Mill stones when first uncovered.
There was a good turnout today for what Terry calls "Putting the site to bed for winter". We actually did more than that. But with the temperature plummetting, it was pretty chilly and damp at the mill to stand still for too long . In the case of trying to draw the newly exposed areas of the Mill house wall (as seen below) Margaret found it difficult not to get stuck in the mud too! Gareth, with the help of new member and archaeology student Liz (both seen above) took some levels while other members did some very physical tidying up.
We also rounded off the day by grabbing the opportunity to do a bit of field-walking in a recently ploughed field nearby which yielded some nice potsherds.
Despite saying farewell to Winnall for the time being, there will still be plenty to do over the next few months. We need to move our storage and relocateto another space generously offered by an NWAG member (as was the previous shed by another kind member). This will involve clearing the area of brambles and the old crumbling sheds to make way for a larger, new one that was donated.
Terry and Gareth are also working on an new, varied programme for the coming year which will keep us busy! We hope to be combining forces with at least two other groups on dig sites that have no link at all with mills! So keep reading our posts!
For probably the last time this year another finds processing session was held. It was well attended, with even Jennie coming. First a quiz was done, aimed at improving our skills in recording finds before they are entered onto the database.
In an attempt to get everything up to the same stage, the customary washing (by Tina and Sam), weighing (by Keith and Ian) and recording (Francesca) was then done on finds from a mix of past and present sites. Needless to say, not everything got done as planned, as it's hard to gauge how much can be fitted into each session. Terry started to photograph the finds, while Chris and Magaret did some labelling as seen below on some old Dick Brook Finds.
To be continued......
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.
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.
Finally, we would like to wish all our readers and group members, young and old
a very Happy Christmas and New Year!