The day started out pretty slowly and it was a slightly hung over group that travelled to Tean this morning. There were three groups today with three distinct purposes; one to survey the area around Bennygate Hill and one to photograph the Bronze Age chamber burials on Cruthurs Hill. The Bennygate Team including Tim, Nick and I got a free tractor ride that almost ended their day but produced smiles all around. The luggage unloaded, they began to assess the area around the cairn by using ground resistivety and magnetometry to determine any topographic features. In the results 2 distinct features were discovered, one being to the north of the Cairn and one right angled structure to the south east. This might suggest further burial structures or some sort of complex to the Hill site. The mist could not hold back the ramblers and soon visitors came to the site to discover some of the methods used in Archaeology.
The photography was carried out by Rhys and Amy, aiming to catalogue the existing chamber burials on the hill. The site comprises of three distinct promontories each containing an archaeological feature, but another chamber burial was discovered by the pair in their exploration. Much of this involved the tedious endeavour of removing gauze to get the best picture. This had previously been overgrown by vegetation and proved a good rediscovery, expanding the importance of the site.
The Teän team continue the surface excavations of the Chapel site digging further test pits hoping to expand upon the knowledge of its layout. The Roman Midden, which in itself in contains several periods of use, produced a hearth that was further excavated and the trench was expanded. Another rectangular building found to the south of the Chapel had cross excavations begun and a rock floor quickly emerged in the surface layer. Clearly the day, leaving some hot and bothered, meant that Owen and Ed went for an evening swim to cool off and return to St Martin’s. Ed almost drowned, rescued by a passing boat, but Owen managed to make its all the way across and the massive smile on his face proved dividends for his efforts.
The returning groups was greeted by Chef Dave who had spent the day collecting his ingredients and picking flowers as the entourage of a perfect meal. Let no-one say us archaeologists don’t take our work seriously with the perfect garnish being just as important as the perfect hole.