Here at Oakington dig everyone has a different role to play in order to make sure the research is completed on time; and Friday was like any other day on site, well with a bit more rain and more post-work drinks!
The weather in the morning had taken a turn for the worse, which meant that our students were huddled in the marquee focusing on finds washing and completing any outstanding paperwork, not the most fun job in the world by any means, but not one that is solely for students. Our site director Duncan also took the opportunity to get up to date with his marking, feedback and number crunching.
The rain couldn’t keep us down for long though and by the afternoon we were back on site making the most of softer soils and clearer color divisions of our features; something which not only makes planning easier but also lifts spirits. Below you can see Tommy taking advantage of this by taking measurements for the master plan of trench three, and our students enjoying some unexpected sunshine and working hard.
The 11th was also the final Friday of the project, as this year sees UCLAN, MMU and OAE’s five year collaboratory research project come to an end. The local village put on a farewell party for staff and students, which offered the people of the village and nearby areas come and celebrate the projects successes and ask any questions they may want to. Much drinking, dancing, and partying was had by all who came and it was certainly a lovely way to begin drawing the excavation season to a close, and say a fond goodbye to a village that has shown us such kindness, support and enthusiasm.
-Bones without Barriers