DAY2BLOGPICNew trowels get dirty! 

It’s day two at the Leiston Abbey dig and new Venturers are here, eager to get to work… 

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Tuesday morning is Day Two of the Leiston Abbey dig, and all our new Venturers have arrived, itching to get to work! We have our morning meeting – filling everyone in on what has happened so far on site. Lisa and Raksha go through the Finds and Features that have been found so far and Fergus begs everyone for toast, as if he has never been fed before. After the briefing, our new Venturers head out onto site to see the trenches for themselves. They are given a induction by Raksha and start my cleaning up the sections of Trench One with their buckets and spades! Once that is done – the troweling starts properly.

Joan, one of our Venturers new to archaeology, said that Raksha’s teaching gave them the confidence not to be timid with their troweling technique (a nice way of saying Raksha is bossing them around already?!). But all the Venturers are already honing their troweling methods and are obviously natural archaeologists because they managed to clean back the whole of Trench One in just the first day. After Trench One was cleaned up spick and span, we could see some really nice features which will be explored in the days to come. Pictures were taken and sheets filled out and just as everyone started packing up for the day, the rain started coming down… Good timing.

All in all it was a good days digging – interspersed with the amazing food provided for us all by Pro Corda – bacon sarnies, cake and many cups of tea… well us Venturers do need our digging fuel. And in the evening the famous Wattle & Daub pub was once again opened for business, this year located in the beautiful thatched barn on site. So it was cheers all round to a great days digging!

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