The first couple of days have been busy with de-turfing: removing the spoil from the earlier excavations and undercovering the archaeology underneath. We were greatly helped in this by the kind loan of an excavator from the Manchester City Council, which saved us many hours of hard labour!
In Trench 1, we are now down to the concrete layer of the paddling pool, but the slightly extended trench has revealed more backfill deposits which include a fine collection of milk bottles. In Trench 3, the back brick wall of the Bandstand is now being revealed. Finally, in Trench 4, we are mattocking our way through the sticky clay which makes up the artificial mound.
We are getting to know the team – both students new to excavation and some old hands, community volunteers (some of them experienced archaeologists, we are pleased to find out!), and as ever, the invaluable company and local knowledge of the Friends of Whitworth Park.
Do drop by for a site tour at 1pm each day, or visit on the Open Day on Saturday!