Digging For Greenwich
Last week, the strange submerged foundations we were talking about a few months ago finally got their day in the trenches. A team of volunteers, led by a professional archaeologist, excavated what was possible 17th century park keeper’s lodge.
It could have been drier when Gemma and her husband started out with the others, but the rain did clear up, and here are some photos she took of the dig:
It seems to mainly be foundations – fairly significant given that most vernacular structures were just built on the earth at the time (and often of wood). I wonder if that could mean it was a smarter building than first thought? I have no idea.
If you recall, the reason the bricks came to light in the first place was the huge amount of rain we had last spring, which washed the soil away from the ground, especially around the roots of trees:
By the end of the dig, they had certainly amassed some finds:
And although I’m yet to hear any conclusions (I guess they’ll take a few months yet) there do seem to be some interesting things to conclude when they do. Like the quality of these roof (?) tiles, for instance:
Or this, one of at least two trays worth of general finds:
While we’re waiting for the results of the dig, Stephen has alerted me to the Digging For Britain series – episode four of which includes Greenwich - the 2005 dig of the palace chapel (which none of us got to see, hurrumph) and which may answer the question we were asking a few months ago as to what the remains of the structure on the foreshore (below) might be:
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