Hosing down in the heat

Posted on 17 July 2013 by Charlotte Barratt - Richard III Outreach Officer
Hosing down the dig site ready to be photographed.
Hosing down the dig site ready to be photographed.
Pot washing interns at the Richard III dig

It's not always glamourous on the Richard III dig sometimes there's pot washing to be done.

Today, like the last few days has been hot, so the dig site has been increasing dusty. Working out in the sun is very tiring and after 11am there is very little shade on the site. In spite of this, the dig team have been working tirelessly. 

Today, the excavations have been cleaned back ready for measuring and recording. They have uncovered all of the areas from the previous dig. The recording process will document all of the major finds, walls and robbed walls. To complete some of the recording, some of the uncovered areas had to be hosed down. I don't think that there were any complaints about having to do that! 

The area will be measured so that all the dimensions of the church and locations of the pathways can be properly recorded. It just goes to show that archaeological excavations are not all digging and finding exciting artefacts (or kings!). Measuring, illustration and interpretation are all key skills as well.

Hosing down the dig site ready to be photographed.

Hosing down the dig site ready to be photographed.

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Keep up to date with the progress of the Grey Friars Dig Part II throughout July 2013 via regular updates on this site. The body of King Richard III was discovered here in 2012 – who and what else lies beneath this now-famous car park?


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