Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Tintagel Castle - Archaeological Dig - Day 2

Another bright and sunny start to the day at Tintagel Castle. 

Tintagel Castle is a fortification on the peninsula of Tintagel Island in Cornwall. Settlements are known to have been on the island for some time, such as the Early Medieval period, when it was probably one of the residences of the regional king, some say the headland was an elite settlement inhabited by the King of Dumnonia and entourage.

Today, as well as digging in Trench "Mark", I will be filming inserts for the BBC's Digging For Britain and Dig Diaries, interviewing other Archaeologists / Diggers / Specialists about what they are doing and capturing bits and bobs along the way.

Ryan plots the now cleaned first layer of the trench using a grid, recording the position of any finds and measuring the position of the features we have so far uncovered. Once the detail plan is drawn and the trench photographed we can then carefully progress deeper through the layers.

Exposing the robust wall of the Southern Terrace trench; is this the outer wall of a building or a rampart? Possibly this is two walls and an inner room, with the walls having collapsed and the stones slid. We will learn more as we take the level down tomorrow.

The coast around Tintagel is truly a spectacle, offering views down to sandy beaches with crystal clear waters, set between imposing rocky headlands.

Looking back at ‘Reading the Hurlers’ on Bodmin Moor

Looking back at ‘Reading the Hurlers’ on Bodmin Moor; a chance to evaluate the relationship between the stone circles and outlying monoliths...