Day 6 (20/09/04)

Practical Archaeology Course 2004: Week Two, Day One

20th September

Participants of week two of the course take a tour of the museum.Participants of week two of the course take a tour of the museum.Today we welcomed the second group of participants to a week’s Practical Archaeology Course. After brief introductions to Martin Green and to the team, Martin took them on a fascinating – and windblown - tour of the farm and it’s prehistoric landscape.
 
Participants are taken on a tour of the rich archaeology of Down Farm.Participants are taken on a tour of the rich archaeology of Down Farm.Then it was time for a briefing by Senior Project Officer Chris Ellis on the basic skills of archaeology and the techniques they could expect to practise during the week ahead.
 
This week’s group have the great advantage of following on the hard work of last week’s workers! Both trenches are cleared now so more time can be spent on excavating the features exposed within them.
 
Cat McHarg instructs participants on how to record the archaeology which is being uncovered in the trench.Cat McHarg instructs participants on how to record the archaeology which is being uncovered in the trench.In Trench Two the ditch is now the priority for investigation. Sections along its length were pegged out and trowelling began. As the week goes on we hope that finds from the fill of the ditch will give us a firm date for this impressive feature.