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A day of commercial archaeology in York.


I arrive on site at West Offices in York after a 10 minute walk.  This is probably the closest site I have ever worked on to my home, and I am enjoying the commute.

We have just finished a 7 week excavation of a Roman bath-house and parts of the civilian settlement beneath one of the platforms on the site which is a former railway station.  A photoblog of the excavation is available here.

A lot of the finds, samples and tools from the excavation are still on site and need moving before the builders appropriate or throw them away.  Three of the four barrows we had have already gone missing.  So the first job of the day is loading finds into the car.  Then we have to transfer some soil samples from rubble sacks into sample tubs.

When the car is as full as it can get, Tim heads off to the office and I decend to the cellar.