A dry day today on site, with a few intermittent showers. It was good to arrive this week and find areas of the site nicely cleared, so thanks to last week’s team, mainly pm. The work todaywas focussed mainly on the Cart Shed wall and the area leading from the Trackway to the Loading Bay (R12).

More cleaning up of the top of the Cart Shed wall (R08) was done by Margaret, Keith and Noelle. This included the removal of lumps of sandstone and bricks that were laying loose on the soil rather than being obviously mortared down to any brick or stone below. They had probably fallen down from above. So our wall looked a lot different then!

Noelle and Margaret then set about measuring and drawing an elevation of the wall (about 3.5meters long), which is a complicated mix of large cut stone and brick.  

 Last week, when Julie had worked on the Cart Shed floor below this wall,  under some tumbled bricks she found a metre long metal strap with square holes which we hoped might be a hinge or at least something relating to the building. Interestingly, while Margaret was going through some previous Field Progress reports she found that within the Cart Shed area, Susan Fraser (a former member) during metal detecting had also found a flat piece of metal 1 metre long and with square holes. Terry had sensibly made a little sketch of it at the time, which we also with ours.

Further work was done on T21 to extend it a little further. Although a nice smooth area of sandstone bedrock had been found, so far there is not a wheel mark to be seen, which seems strange.

 

We apologise for the absence of photos due to internet problems. These will be added as soon as possible.


finds from the park

Some of the finds, note the mass of pipe bowls and stems

A few words from Roger - 
The project was featured in the local newspaper on two different days and I was interviewed on BBC Hereford and Worcester at the start and at the end of the dig. Many of the locals mentioned hearing the interviews and social media was also used to raise awareness.
 
The excavation was slightly disappointing in that we did not locate the kiln until the latter part of the week, but we now have firm knowledge of the location and depth. The City Archaeologist accepted it as a “proof of concept” and I will be putting together an extended scale, extended time excavation proposal for next year."

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Roger with Sheena from WAAS

more clay pipes

More clay pipes

Mr Higgins field

Field-walking on Mr Higgins land on Wednesday.

 

Belated  Christmas Greetings anda Very Happy New Year

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North Worcestershire Archaeology Group Christmas Party 2019 at The Lenchford Inn, Shrawley

 

 

 

Last Saturday Nwag was invited to have a 'table' at the Tardebigge Canal Open Day beside the Birmingham to Worcester Canal, with whom the team had already established links earlier this year when they were approached to help excavate the lime kilns. Unfortunately this work is being held up at present due to asbestos having been found on the site. 

Nwag members Ian and Jan attended and were made very welcome by welcome by Bill and fellow members of the Canal Canal Trust volunteers. There was also a display of finds, including some ironwork consisting of heavy thick chain, large nails, bolts, and hooks. There was also quite a lot of broken glass bottles and an amusing old rusty ‘corned beef’ tin.  

Tardebigge is very picturesque, with the longest canal tunnel in the UK, an old Lock Keeper's Cottage and possessing the most locks in England. The history of the canal was told, explaining how its barges once carrying coal to Birmingham and its role in taking supplies to Cadbury's in Bournville. Any trip on the canal would be truly lovely and there might be one on the trust’s very own barge 'Cecelia' in October. 

Because it was a very wet day it may have affected the low number of visitors, but everyone was offered shelter on the'Cecelia' with lovely home-made cakes and tea and coffee made available.  

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Tardebigge Lime Kilns Open Day (Photo by J.Price) 

Jans Tard

The Tardebigge Lime Kilns (photo by J.Price.)

On Wednesday the team returned to Winnall Mill to work on several areas of the site in the hope of unravelling a few more mysteries. 

 

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Sam and Julie investigating more of the leat 

Nwag at Winnall

Six of the nine members working in the October dappled sunlight

Ian finds ink pots

Ian was delighted to find two small stoneware pots at the rear of the Cartshed wall.