23rd May

Vince was away, digging on
Gower with John Cooper and Professors Danny McCarroll (Swansea University) and
Danielle Schreve (Royal Holloway, London). Jon provided the following account
of the evening’s activities:

Report by Jon

“Of late, the Wookey Hole
and Halloween Rift diggers have shown increased enthusiasm for their
activities. Early arrival and a prompt start now appear to be the
norm. And so, it was at Wookey Hole this week. Five of the team
(Jon, Tav, Jake, Nick and Mike) met before the appointed hour. Even the
latecomers were early.

At the dig, Nick assumed
digging duties, supported by Mike. Jon loaded the skip, leaving Tav and
Jake to haul and empty.

The digging spoil is now
dry, easing the task of emptying buckets, and a team of five is a good number
for this dig. The bucket count rapidly increased and, unusually, was
accurately recorded by those team members at the spoil heap. 135 buckets
of spoil were removed.

Mike reported that the
floor was lowered by some 12 inches (30cm).

The prompt start resulted
in early calls to depart, but the team held out to the end. They then
retired to a local hostelry for some well-deserved liquid refreshment.”

Author: mendipgeoarch

Archaeologist, Geologist, Speleologist!