Excavation 2011- Update
Excavation 2011 - Keep up to date with the excavation here.
June - Friday 22nd July: Excavation 2011:
A public programme of talks and site tours will be open to all visitors to the Museum during the six week excavation period. Opportunities to participate in volunteer activities will be available, and finds will be on display together with up-to-date information on the progress of the work.
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The first dig commenced 02-Jun-2011.
The picture shows the digger lifting the top soil out of the way in preparation.
Week 1 (1st - 5th
Top soil machined of and the edges being tidied,
What to do next ?
Maryport 2011 excavation - A volunteer's view, week 1
Everything seems to be going well at the excavation. Marvelous crowd
of people. As a complete novice, I wouldn't describe my experience so
far as a steep learning curve, more of a vertical bungee-jump into the
workings of an excavation site - fascinating! This week I have been
taught about Single Context Sheets and how to map and draw features
using the 'Dumpy' level - identifying, bagging, labelling and recording
small finds. What really has captured my imagination is the
environmental element of archaeo-botany and the demonstration of the
flotation tank, picking out seeds from local wild flowers. Tony Wilmott
also chatted about one of his colleagues finding small mammal skeletal
remains at a previous site which indicated the presence of a Barn Owl.
Having spent the best part of last year with the World Owl Trust and
dissecting pellets, if some of the skeletons were frogs, that
particular Barn Owl must have been living through a fairly harsh winter
as their preferred diet is field voles and mice and will only scavenge
frogs and insects when they are in short supply. What a visual picture
Week 2 (6th - 10th June)
On site Friday 10th
June in the morning. Volunteers and students excavating an
First year archaeology student Eric Waters from Jarrow, part of the team
from Newcastle University excavating at an internationally important
Roman site in Maryport, Cumbria, has made the first find - just days
into the dig.
The find is a carved red sandstone fragment of a Roman altar stone with a small scroll. It was discovered during the clearance of the surface soil layers.
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|Update from Tony Wilmott, site director, Camp Farm, Maryport (click here) Week 1 - 3|
Week 4 (29th June)
Another exciting find has been made at the Maryport archaeological
dig led by Professor Ian Haynes of Newcastle University with leading
field archaeologist Tony Wilmott.
|Update from Tony Wilmott, site director, Camp Farm, Maryport (click here) Week 4 - 5|
|Update from Tony Wilmott / Ian Haynes, Camp Farm, Maryport (click here) Week 6 - 7|