The blogger returns ...
Occasioning ecstatic scenes of celebration at manor lodge:
|Cheering crowds ...|
|... and delirious adulation.|
A lead musket ball (right) posing with his brother, a used musket ball featured on day 12
|A 17th century clay pipe|
|We can tell that this pipe is from around the 17th century as the bowl is smaller and more bulbous than more recent examples.|
|This find also has decoration around the rim (milling), which is characteristic of earlier pipes.|
Find of the day was a rather larger specimen:
|A (hopefully) whole saggar embedded into the section of a sondage in trench 22|
|It seems to be part of a general demolition layer, perhaps related to the 18th century kiln and associated workshop in this area.|
|A slot was excavated in the robber trench to investigate its fill, which, it turns out, consists of mainly stones and mortar.|
Matt engaged in some household chores.
|Some challenging sections were drawn.|
|Whilst Alvaro, acutely aware that only three days remain, attempted to improve efficiency by flapping his arms and taking to the skies.|
|Modern art of the day: 'Labelled Owl on Archaeological Drawing', Kate B, 2011. The owl, renowned for its keen eyesight, symbolises the meticulous care with which archaeologists draw sections and plans.|
And finally ...
The return of the blogger also sees the return of the archaeology top trumps. Today, Alvaro: