Leiston – Season 1 – Day 9

DAY8BLOGPICBring on Week Two!

It’s Tuesday – the start of our second week here at Leiston Abbey! 

See all the pictures from Day Eight of Saints & Secrets on our Flickr page here 

Read our blog post below and watch the video….



It is Day Nine and the start of Saints & Secrets Week Two!! After a day off yesterday for recuperation, we are back on site and ready for action! We have had lots new Week Venturers joining us today as well as some Day Diggers, who are all excited to start work on our trenches.

Our new Week Venturers are starting work on a new trench – Trench Three – and are going back to basics with Raksha, troweling back the top surface to see what features we can see in there. The new cycle of training begins again!

Our other Venturers are going back to our previously worked on trenches to carry on the discovery there. The Car Par Trench has been cleaned back and half sectioned; they have found some very interesting masonry features which they will then be planning and interpreting. Trench Seven at the South of the Abbey has had a thorough clean back and has been coming up with some very interesting finds including a glass earring, a metal sickle, lots of rubble, evidence of burning and metal work. Kerry’s Moat Trench has been causing some confusion because it turns out the moat is a lot deeper and wider than first thought, so that trench needs to go deeper! Keep digging guys!

We have had a film crew on site at the Abbey today, using the beautiful ruins as their backdrop. There have been people wondering around site dressed up in chain mail, with swords and shields, re-enacting battle scenes. So getting into the spirit of things, George and Ben decide to recreate their own battles using trowels and kneeling pads. Boys – back to work!

We have had some very young Venturers on site today. One of our day diggers, Simon, brought his kids to site who were very happy to sit in the spoil heap with their plastic trowels and tell us all about which bits were flint and which bits were chalk. Archaeologists in the making we think!

This week we hope to find out what is happening in each of our trenches and draw some conclusions about life at the Abbey through the ages. Stay tuned to see what we find out.


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