It was an exciting visit I made to the castle this morning as the archaeological finds are pouring in. Dave Henderson and Tanja Romankiewicz of Addyman Archaeology, assisted by Phil from builders Ashley Thompson, continue the painstaking - and painful - task of excavating the moat, where they're beginning to form an idea of the sequence of events that resulted in it being largely filled in. The finds they're making - pottery, bones, glass and, now, pieces of the long stems of smokers' clay pipes - all date to the eighteenth to nineteenth centuries, so it looks as if the earthy layer on top is that date, while the stones infill beneath is earlier.
The most notable finds of the last two days have come from the main building in the castle courtyard. This photo shows the window into the courtyard in the eastern of the three ground-floor rooms. Under the top right corner of the measuring grid can be seen two stones, part of the original mediaeval wall into which the window was later formed.
I can only give a snapshot of all the current activity in the castle. I'm very conscious that I interrupt these good people at their work, and would like to thank them for their patience with me. At least I think they appreciate how thrilled I am to watch their efforts yield such fascinating results.