19 March 2012

West Bromwich Manor House - Volunteer Training (II)

Day 2 of the volunteer training carried on where we left off - but if anything with even more enthusiasm and dedication from the volunteers. Yesterday's wet weather had brought forward the planned indoor sessions, so we were able to dedicate the day completely to excavation and recording.

The Trench 2 loyalists returned to continue the excavation of what they considered to be the most exciting trench - and yes it was full of interesting finds and features. The photo above shows Lynne and Nicola in the early stages of seeing what lay below their brick walls. Meanwhile in Trench 1 we began to tackle the slag-filled pit...

...which turned out to be substantially larger than it first appeared. In fact this contains a large quantity of smithing hearth debris. It is clearly not in situ, but it seems unlikely to have moved far - is it possible that some forging was taking place on the Manor House site? Bricks found among the debris suggest an early nineteenth century date.

Meanwhile Geoff in Trench 4 was continuing his dogged pursuit of eighteenth century garden features, and a pit which seems to have been the result of wall 'robbing' at around the same time.

This photo shows the end result of the Trench 3 team's exploration of their floor surface.

At the end of the day, after a review of all the work, everyone was issued with certificates - but they are all so keen that many are coming back during the schools week, and some have also volunteered to put in some extra time next weekend! Despite being completely exhausted, we are all looking forward to next week's series of school visits.

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