Despite the threat of thunderstorms on Wednesday, after a day with every season's weather, it really wasn't too bad on site today. We also expected the orchard ground to be saturated, but it seemed to be well drained for digging.

Continuing with our training sessions, two more 1 x 1m testpits were measure out in the field and deturfed. Since Terry's meeting with the organisers of the future project that involves digging of testpits in lots of communities around the county, we were informed that, rather than trowelling down and recording the depths of the the different contexts (which was working out at about 20 -30 cms), it was considered more reasonable or practical to excavate and record at 10cm depths.  Terry provided some training literature for everyone to take away and read, which also reiterated how to fill in context record sheets correctly.

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  NWAG preparing for their talk to the Freinds of Dudley Castle, inside Dudley Zoo. on Thursday 30th May 2019.

There was a good turn out to listen to the talk given by Fransesca on NWAG and its activites lots of interest with our display.


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 On Monday 3rd June 2019, NWAG gave another talk, this time  to the Pensnet & Brierley Hill Active Retirement Group. 

Many thanks to Francesca for giving the talk, promoting NWAG and raising some cash for the group


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Test Pit 09 final photograph before being filled in. Note the bedrock base of the test pit. Sidmouth Mudstone told by our local geologist.


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        NWAG team preparing to open a new test pit, (tp 011) whilst new member Julie records final context of  test pit 10.



We were back to Test Pitting again today after our Easter break. It was a fine day until about 1o'clock when it started to rain lightly. Even so, as the weather the previous week had been unusually hot it baked the clay at the bottom of each pit, as seen below, making it hard to work.

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Test Pit 04 prior to being back-filled.

Once our findings had been recorded on Context sheets, the next thing to do was back-filled them. 


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Excavation of Test Pit 05 in progress


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A selection of finds from Metal Detecting the general area.

After Lunch, and with the promise of Area 1 and 2 having its grass cut, the group moved to Area 3, where the possible house platform is located. As further practice, Sam and Keith measured out and chose their own location for another Test Pit right on the edge of the raise platform. It will be interesting to see if they find anything relating to a domestic dwelling. Meanwhile other members trimmed back the undergrowth to permit easier access to the field.

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Test Pit 08 in Area 3 was measured and marked out before deturfing.



Eye Eye Ian!!

 Far too wet today to work outside so we were forced to stay indoors. We took the opportunity to clean and examine the finds from our recenttestpitting sessions. Ian brought along his large magnifying glass just to make sure we could examine everything in fine detail!


Finds from The Orchard site getting a good wash.

As far as we understand the portion of site we were working on has remained unoccupied over the years, so the finds from there probablyrepresent only the deposit and spread of domestic, post-medieval items. This would be similar to what one might find whilst field-walking.