Back in the graveyard

It was back to Dunfermline Abbey Graveyard today, clearing dead leaves, getting on with excavation and sieving. We had a good turnout of members; Aidan, Aisling, Caelan, Chantelle, Katie and Michal all working away like troopers!

Happy leaf clearers
Happy leaf clearers

Progress with our current test pit is going well. Once again we have evidence of a low marker being uplifted and placed back above a layer of hardcore/rubble that has subsequently seemed to prevent any subsidence of the stone.

We will excavate a little deeper to determine the depth of the 1920’s rubble layer beneath the low marker. Interestingly, this is already deeper than the rubble layer exposed in the north and south trench edges, suggesting that the area beneath the gravestone has been deliberately made more substantial. The usual mix of fragmented bone, mortar, masonry fragments and ceramics have been retrieved.

Excavating a test pit
Excavating a test pit
Test Pit, Profile
Test Pit, Profile

Kaitie led work in the trench with the strange mortar topped brick base. We are starting to see what looks like a continuation to north and south, so far represented by bands of mortar showing in the trench sides. We also suspect a stone and clay foundation to the brick base, extending north and south.

Brick platform beneath a layer of mortar
Brick platform beneath a layer of mortar
Humour in the trenches
Humour in the trenches
Brick base
Brick base