Posted by: lukelavan | August 28, 2009

Spoil Heaps Old and New

Some tasks on archaeological sites are a lot of fun – digging test pits is not bad, and stratigraphic excavation of ancient layers is exciting – but moving spoil heaps is not so great. However, due to a strategic mistake from last week, we had to spend a good part of the day moving the tip. Bonnie Knapp did exceptionally well, assisted by Warren de Souza and others, and at the end of the day the tip was in good order and even featured a ‘cemetery’ for diggers who have left the project.

 

Bonnie, Warren, and others tackled the dirty task of fixing the spoil heap.

Bonnie, Warren, and others tackled the dirty task of fixing the spoil heap.

On the site itself spoil heaps were never so far away. Whilst digging the north-western corner of the forum Michael Joyce came across an ‘ancient’ Pepsi Cola bottle – probably from the last excavation campaigns of 50 years ago. At least we now know that most of the architectural fragments lined up against the wall in this area were placed there by excavators and are not part of the ancient archaeology of the site.

Michael shows off the 'ancient' bottle of Pepsi.

Michael shows off the 'ancient' bottle of Pepsi.

Luke Lavan 28/08/2009

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