YAC North Wiltshire Project Dig Diary May-June 2015
The walls are the remains of a substantial building, considered to be medieval, oriented on an East-West alignment. Documentary evidence speaks of a chapel from the 13th century, which was in ruins by the 17th century and the 2014 excavations sought to answer questions as to the layout, date, size and purpose of the building, could this be the "lost" chapel? YAC supported the overall project by opening a trench to investigate the North-West corner, seeking to locate the corner and confirm the western and northern extent of the building.
The 2014 excavations were highly successful; the artefacts, structural elements and building layout all combining to suggest the building is both medieval in date and could have had a religious purpose. Returning to the site in 2015, over 2 weekends in May and June, YAC have been tasked with further investigating the western end of the building, whilst the wider team seek to locate its' eastern end and to confirm the initial interpretation of the building as the "lost" chapel.
This newsletter represents the "Dig Diary" for YAC involvement in this wider project, with updates posted daily during the YAC project. The diary entries and photographs represent the work of the YAC dig team themselves.
Day 0 - 10th May 2015
Day 1 - 16th May 2015
We (YAC) have been doing a dig, we might have found a chapel and a lot of bones and pottery. We was here last year but today we have got very far : we've uncovered a wall and even found a tooth. The holes are quite deep and a lot has been dug out. There is a picture of the mound our findings and what we've dug out.
It is black on one side and more red on the other. It was very muddy when I found it and I almost mistook it for charcoal!
Day 3 - 6th June
Day 4 - 7th June
Our last day on site and we had a lot of recording to do! We had to finish the section drawing we started yesterday, plan our trench by drawing it to a scale of 1:20 and take readings of the depth of our trench using a Dumpy Level.
We've gone from this on Day 0 (before we got here...)
To this on Day 4. This is how our trench looked at the end of the day.