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.
As it can be seen from the number of vehicles on site, it was a good turn-out this week (10 members) despite the peristent showers. We only stopped earlier than usual in the afternoon because we got rather cold.
So, making sure we were all well togged up, we continued with our testpitting, which has proved very educational. The forms, supplied by the organisation monitoring this county-wide research, were specifically designed to make it easy for the teams involved to record their findings in a way that ensures all the data conforms; thus when it's eventually entered onto a database for analysis, it will be easier for the analysts to obtain clear picture of the total findings.
Meanwhile, in Tina's absence, Adrian and Karl and his dog (who didn't mow a meadow) continued with the metal detecting and found these lovely specimins.
As can be seen by this image on a Queen Victorian penny. Those of us old enough to have spent old pennies (and not necessarily in the loo!) will remember that they were often so frequently handled over the decades that the image got rubbed away. But the image on this coin is so crisp by comparison.
It was a warm dry day in the orchard site with six members present, including a new member, Julie. We also welcomed back Adrian, slowly recovering from his knee operation, the team continued with their test-pitting. In Context 03 of Test pit 09 (above) and covered in grey and red clay was found what appeared to be bedrock.
Test pit 10 being prepared for excavation.
The collection of contents from Context 2 in T/P 10, where we understood there might be a cottage.
Francesca preparing for her talk to the Friends of Dudley Castle, held inside Dudley Zoo
on Thursday 30th May 2019. There was a good turn out to listen to the talk given by Francesa on NWAG and its activites.There was lots of interest too in our display stand, seen on below right.
On Monday 3rd June 2019, NWAG yet gave another talk,
this time to the Pensnett & Brierley Hill Active Retirement Group.
Test Pit 09 final photograph before being filled in.
Note the bedrock base of the test pit.
According to our local geologist this is Sidmouth Mudstone Formation .
NWAG team preparing to open a new test pit, (TP11)
Meanwhile new member Julie records final context of TP10.