Professor Nancy Edwards and associates take stock of the western trench at the end of the day’s work.
Today offered much better weather, but due to permit trouble very little metal detecting. Instead I’ve been “cleaning” with the students, which basically means slow removal of soil using a trowel and a brush. I found a large piece of glazed Buckley ware (19th century), a piece of clay-pipe stem, some quartz and not much more. Somebody found a piece of Roman black burnished pottery that had been partly refashioned into a crude spindlewhorl. But we’re still on top of the barrow’s capping slate-shingle cairn (put in place by the 18th century antiquarians who re-erected the Pillar of Eliseg?), and it is uncertain whether it will be removed at all this year.
In other news, Dear Reader Sandgroper points to some interesting information about a venture capital firm that owns much of Seed Media Group.