Week 14-15: Test Pits Ahoy!
Work at YBD is currently at full steam ahead as we near the end of our time on site. Despite the end drawing closer new ground was broken this week and has been stripped revealing yet more features.
Area 2 has been stripped back revealing a number of features for our onsite archaeologists to explore. To the northeast edge of the area a number of possible pits, postholes and stakeholes have been uncovered. Some of the pits contained flint which may indicate that they maybe of prehistoric origin. Along with the pits and postholes several narrow linear features have been found in Area 2. These linear features roughly correspond with the original geophysical data from the site. Though the linears have not been dated their form suggests they are part of a field system.
We were also lucky enough to be visited by school children from both the Pant-y-Celyn and Tre-gib school campus’ who received tours of the archaeology. The children who came were engaged and interested in the new school site and the evidence left from the site's previous occupants.
The community have also been involved this week with a test pitting and sieving exercise. With Fieldwalking complete in Area 3 the next phase began with the sun shining once again (a miracle in itself)! Thursday the 10th of April saw our volunteers join our group of archaeologists and begin test pitting. The test pits were hand dug and over 4 days the spoil was sieved by our volunteers. The sieving was good fun and a great opportunity to test keen flint finding eyes. Alternatively the sieving also provided a great way to cool down and have a play in the good Welsh mud!