Day 8 – Friday

Well, where do I start?!  We’ve been pulling the volunteers here there and everywhere today with our training!

Excavation works have been continuing over at the site of trench 3, with various tasks being carried out.   Johnny has been carrying on with excavations along with some of the volunteers, expanding the area and removing the modern cements (!) and build up of flora.

The southern side of our north-south running wall has now been cleaned, revealing an astonishing set of cobbles, along with a beam slot and the remains of a wooden feature, that may  possibly be the lower section of of the original door still in situ!

Sophie, along with her gang of helpful volunteers, started on the task of recording the site.  With the volunteers taking the archaeological photographs and recording various deposits.  The survey skills taught by Andyt last Saturday were put into practice, with the volunteers undertaking the spot level recording across the site.

Whilst all this was occurring Jan was supervising the finds and making sure all was correctly washed, labelled and cataloged before training more volunteers in the art of  plane table survey.

Charlotte meanwhile was extremely busy with some building recording all along the back of the Hafod Copperworks Canal wall with a group of very excited volunteers.  This included a photographic survey and drawing record.

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Day 3 – Saturday

After two days of hacking through building rubble it was time for something more congenial for the troops.  Our very own Mr Neil Maylan, Archaeolo0gical Planning Manager, led a walk around the Hafod settlement site, helping the volunteers to better understand the social aspects of life for the workers at the Hafod Copperworks. And a good time was had by all!

In the afternoon the volunteers were taught all about the various surveying methods used by archaeologists.  Johnny, Sophie, Charlotte and Andy (GGAT Projects) demonstrated the finer points of offset survey and plane table survey, as well has the secret art of transfer a level. And once again a good day was had by all! (See below for proof)

One of the volunteers learning measured survey techniques A GGAT archaeologist teaching the volunteers how to use a planning frame A GGAT archaeologist demonstrating the finer points of plane table survey A GGAT archaeologist explaining to the volunteers about recording spot heights