Archaeology at Birkenshaw 2

A view of the site showing the yellow subsoil at the bottom of the trench

A view of the site showing the yellow subsoil at the bottom of the trench

Well, the digging’s done and the children are now on a well-earned half-term holiday. They deserve it for having worked so hard on site last week. Unfortunately I’m not yet able to show any images of them hard at work as the school has decided to double check that everyone has their photo permissions in order before allowing me to upload any images. Hopefully I’ll be able to get something to show you soon.

The children made an interesting array of finds including 19th and 20th century pottery, some fragments of glass, a rusty nail, a metal button and what appears to be an old battery. All these were found in what appeared to be cultivation soil. We reached the natural subsoil at a depth of about 30 centimetres.

Birkenshaw is not the only school excavation I have this term. I’ll be working at Hanging Heaton next week and at East Morton the week after. Follow the blog to find out more.

 

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