7 April 2011

Stirchley Furnaces: excavations I

Today was an excellent day of excavation and recording at Stirchley Furnaces as part of a community archaeology project. Dry (and later sunny) weather, and an excellent team of local volunteers, made for an enjoyable and interesting day.

The main objective of today's work was to excavate and record the southern furnace, which had been exposed during investigative works last month and is due to be reburied as part of the conservation works to take place later in the spring. The furnace excavation reunited members of the volunteer team who had worked on the Hinkshay rows project last year, and also introduced some new volunteers. We began by cleaning the exposed remains...

...and of course discussing various aspects of the industrial archaeology of the Telford area - here Jim and Malcolm are engaged in a debate about coal mining at Granville...

...we stopped for a well-deserved lunch...

...and then proceeded to record the remains which we had so painstakingly cleaned.

Moss, as ever, helped enormously! Tomorrow we are back on site to finish the recording of our excavations, drawing profiles of the furnaces, and also doing a landscape survey of the whole site.

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