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Monday - all done and dusted..
From early Thursday morning Tommy and Paddy started to return the trench back to a car park and filled it up with truckloads of gravel. The tar was laid over the weekend and site huts and fences removed first thing this morning, before it was handed back to...

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The last day
Today was officially the last day. We finished the final recording and laid down terram so the site is ready for backfilling tomorrow morning. We were also visited by Dr Brian Lacey - the man who came to Derry to dig this site some 39 years ago and author o...

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Day 22 & the last day of digging
We finished excavating today. Brian and Dermot excavated the ditch which extends beyond the edge of our trench. It measured 1.3m in depth and had large stones at the bottom with a silty layer above them and a layer of slump above that again. No pottery or o...

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Final week
We have reached subsoil in our box-trench, and in theory the 'bottom' except that there are features cut into the subsoil. These include a stone-packed posthole that Stuart excavated today (it did not produce any pottery or other dateable artefacts) and a p...

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Friday and we reach the bottom
A day of sunshine and showers. We also reached the bottom by which we mean we have reached subsoil or 'natural' as we sometimes call it, i.e. the glacial till. The till is the sediment (clay, sands, gravels, stones) which was deposited by glaciers at the en...

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A wet day in the trench
A short blog-entry as today it rained - a lot! Despite this we did make progress. Brian and Dermot excavated and recorded two intercutting pits: one had quite a bit of charcoal though no evidence of in situ burning. Both pits produced animal bone and mediev...

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Day 18
Not a bad day - two  coins ! One of copper alloy and the other of silver. Both were heavily corroded and no writing or images could be discerned. The silver coin had been cut in half. It was white when it came out of the ground and then oxidised rapidly and...

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Potastic Day
The theme of today was lots of medieval pottery and multiple different types. Cormac confirmed the identity of the green-glazed sherds we found yesterday as being Scottish greyware and medieval in date (14th to15th century) while the two sherds of everted r...

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Week 4
A dark and murky day though we didn't get rained on. Quite a contrast to Saturday which was like a summer's day when we had 2010 visitors to the site! Week 4 and the clock is ticking so we have decided to open a trench within a trench. This will hopefully a...

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Day 15 Friday
Another good day and less scratching of heads.. We think we have the fills/layers of a pit/ditch/slope which are all dipping down at an a...
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