Thursday, 28 July 2016

Tintagel Castle - Archaeological Dig - Day 10

Tintagel Castle - Archaeological Dig - Day 10

Day 10 at Tintagel. Today the island was shrouded with fog and cloud as the day began. We gathered at the foot of the valley, collected the freshly charged filming camera and equipment, and then set off, recording our group climb to top of Tintagel Island and into the castle.

Today’s dig was productive as all trenches are finding a wonderful range of finds, keeping Carl, our expert, busy cleaning, examining, indentifying and recording each and every item. 

Down on the ‘main land’, Wet Sieving continues. The bucket sealed soil samples that we have been gathering (after sieving out the larger rocks, gravel and alike, from each trench context) have been wet sieved, floating out any remaining material from the muddy waters.

After collecting each sample in a fine mesh, they are then hung to dry. Later they will be analysed in the search for grains, seeds, insects or shell fragments.

The two trenches on the Southern Terrace with the sea sloshing about below the cliff.

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...