Castleton Dig 2017 – photo diary

Day 1 on the Spital Field – the team assembles

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The 2017 trench was laid out to overlap several trenches dug in previous years, and to investigate new ground to the south and west in order to locate the south and west walls of a putative chapel.

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Approaching the end of first week, good progress is being made…

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Into Week 2, finds cleaning begins…

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Up to and into Week 3, reaching the clay layer on which the foundation walls stand.

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More than half-way through, plenty of finds and more visitors to site, longer sections of the foundation walls are becoming obvious.

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Work on the south-west part of the trench suggests that this is an area of disturbed burials and melting of lead from the chapel building.

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Nearing the end of the four weeks excavation… bones and recording

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Back-filling at the end of a very successful four week’s work

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And here is the result a seen from the drone – medieval foundations of the south and west walls of our probable chapel, with a cross wall.

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