My day at the Brewhouse Yard site, by Sophie
I had an amazing day at the Brewhouse Yard site after winning a day there from a YAC competition! It was lots of fun and I would love to go again.
At the start of the day I was introduced to the volunteers and archeologists, then I put my belongings in a room and was shown around the site.
To start off the day I did some finds washing with 2 boys, Elliott and Harvey, who also won a day. We washed items like pottery, tiles, bone, clay pipe, glass, etc. You have to be extremely careful with certain artefacts because some are very delicate and brittle.
After we had finished our trays we walked up to the Nottingham Castle site and we performed floatation, where you have 2 or 3 barrels with water in and a pump. The barrels are covered in mesh, which has many tiny holes so only water can get through and the fill stays behind.
Once we had finished we walked back down to the Brewhouse yard and had lunch. After lunch I got to help excavate Pit 1 with my very own trowel. I found a piece of medieval pot and a large piece of black glass.
We also had to chance to do some bore-holing, which is where you have a metal pole, with two handles on the top, which has an oval shaped bit at the bottom. When you push down and twist the handle it cuts down through the earth and collects the soil with it. When we pulled it back up, we discovered the soil was very soft and wet, therefore we believed to have found where the river used to be.
I had a marvellous day at the Brewhouse Yard and would love to go back again!!!