Day 17 to 19 - 17th , 18th and 19th July 2019
Day 17 - a narrow trench excavated through the western bank eventually reveals the old ground surface on which the bank was constructed. Excitingly there is also evidence for activity predating the construction of the bank and numerous flint flakes have been recovered from below the bank as well. Unfortunately we are running out of time so digging has to stop and we concentrate on finishing the recording.
Rob and Jude finish excavating the trench cut through the western bank, whilst Hayley and Pete work out what context sheet they are meant to be filling out.
Simon and Karl sieve for flints.
Simon and Hubert plan the position of the two postholes that we think held gate posts for the last phase of entrance.
The two holes for the entrance gate posts.
Bethan struggles with the wind whilst filling out the photo log.
It's heads down whilst cleaning the site for photographs.
The entrance if you were approaching the promontory fort.
The view if you were leaving the fort.
Day 18 – the joys of backfilling! Thankfully it's another fine day.
First a permeable membrane is laid and then the majority of the stones.
And then all the soil we so carefully removed is returned to the trench.
Nearing the end of the day and much of the soil has been returned to the trench.
Day 19 – Unfortunately not such a nice day. The wind is blowing and it is raining heavily but everyone is very stoical and wants to see the backfilling completed.
Working in low cloud - not much of a view today.
Josh, Jude and Joan laying the turfs – you can only do this if your name starts with a J!
Hubert, Rick and Geraint spread the last of the soil in the trench.
A view of the entrance now backfilled and with all turfs replaced.
A distant view of the backfilled trench; taken as we wander back to the cars.
Most of the team at the end of the day – very wet and muddy but satisfied with a job well done.
Many, many thanks from Fran and Hubert (DAT) to all the volunteers who took part in the excavation. It was a pleasure to work with you and as usual we were amazed at the hard work and commitment of you all. The results have been fantastic and hopefully we will get the chance to return next year. An interim report will now be produced on this year's work; which once completed will be found on the DAT website.
Our thanks go to Cadw who funded the project, project partner the National Trust who own the site and their tenant Ian, and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. In particular thanks go to Menna Bell (Archaeologist [South Wales] National Trust) for so ably giving site tours at the weekends. We missed you during the week, although Hayley was a very good stand-in!