After sorting out the village Tourist Information Centre first thing this morning with extra posters of directions to the site, and profound apologies from the manager, the day turned out to be very warm and sunny.
Not expecting many visitors on a Monday we were delighted to welcome 25 adults and 4 children. Two of the children were part of a Swedish family staying on holiday in the area and the two boys took great delight in trying their hand at excavation and discovering several sherds of medieval pottery. Some great photographs of the family for British Archaeology. The other family with two boys are returning tomorrow for 'another go' having had such an exciting day with us.
I even managed a little excavation myself today, much to the great delight of my volunteers who made it clear that it was time that I carried out a little work myself.
However, their whoops of delight quickly changed when I excavated out the first calcined ore samples from the site with quantities of charcoal from an early medieval context which we will submit for carbon dating. "Trust him," were the comments from one volunteer.
Tomorrow we have two or three members of North Devon Archaeological Society joining us to carry out some excavation along with their chairperson. It's going to be an interesting day. So far removed from anorak archaeology and recent threads on this list. Eat your heart out Mark Horton!
http://www.cmsmrps.org.uk - a community archaeology initiative.