The path to the burial site On a beautiful warm afternoon, with the cow parsley in full flower, the villagers who were disturbed during the archaeological excavation of Queen Ethelburga's church were again laid to rest. Readers of this blog will remember a few encounters with these villagers of the past. We excavated eight graves … Continue reading Laying our ancestors to rest
Visitors to the church yard in the past week may have noticed some further progress. The retaining wall opposite the south porch has now been repaired and consolidated. Our bricklayer has done a great job dealing with a real mess. He has used bricks salvaged during the work to the paths and has mortared only … Continue reading Further progress in the churchyard
Work has continued today, excavating the path that leads from close to the south door up towards the New Churchyard and the War Memorial. We have machined down to a level that now needs to be worked by hand, and are now extending the trench at this level towards the New Churchyard. According to Canon … Continue reading Day 5- The work in Trench 3 continues
With the arrival of the mini-digger, we were able to start removing the tarmac path in the Old Churchyard today. By the end of the day, we were still not down to the chalk bedrock, so the natural ground surface is either a lot lower than it is only a short distance away in the … Continue reading Day 4- Moving into the Old Churchyard
So here we are at last breaking soil! We have the permissions in place to begin the dig and here is the first archaeology taking place today. Gabor has decided to carry out some test excavations in the New Churchyard before moving back closer to the church to explore the known remains there. The current … Continue reading The start of the dig!