We started the week with half a day of proper Whitewell weather. There was none of that ‘slip, slop, slap’ nonsense this morning: unless the slogan stands for slip about in mud, slop puddles out of the features and slap on full suit of waterproofs.
Here is everyone itching to get stuck in after yet another heavy shower at teabreak. Of course the heavy rain over the weekend didn’t help either. Particularly on Trench L where there depth of the trench meant that there was about 30 cms of water to bail out. We had quite a few minor collapses of the sides here too and, after straightening up the damage and moving the shoring boards down again, we decided to concentrate on recording the sequence in each of the faces of the trench.
Cate is producing a 1:10 scale drawing of the east-facing section. It is so deep that she needs both Josh and Carol measuring for her. Once these drawings are complete we will be able to use them to locate the environmental samples we are going to take down through the deposits in this area.
In trench K all the mattocking on Friday has brought us down onto another interface. This time, however, we think we can see signs of an archaeological feature. Running around from the test pit in the right corner to the centre of the ranging rod there seems to be a patch of slightly darker and much siltier soil. This also has more stones in it and we think it may be the fill of a pit. We are going to clean this up a bit more and then dig out the fill of the possible feature tomorrow.
Lots to see too in the eastern half of trench H, once all the puddles had been dealt with. The spread of very pale clay and silt which was covering everything has been partly removed and beneath it you can see the lower fill of a large pit. The big stones nearest the camera are all sitting on one edge of this. All the rain has also shown up a series of small postholes or large stakeholes running through this area and cut from a higher level. This, of course, means that they are more recent than the big pit fill and so will have to be dealt with first.