This photograph, taken a few days ago by archaeologist Ross Cameron of Addyman Archaeology, shows the west room of the main building after it had been excavated down to the demolition layer resulting from the removal of the interior timbers and the slate roof in the middle of the 19th century....
The archaeologists are coming to terms with the fact that the early 18th century alterations to the building, which divided the original great hall into three vertically floored areas, also included a complete clear-out of all existing floor debris, so there is now no chance of finding any older artifacts here.
Kenny has just started on a final plan, showing the bare-rock level, which will be added to the others the archaeologists have done. These will be scanned into a computer and then redrawn, so a series of neat, accurate plans will join the catalogue of the artifacts removed from the room.
The archaeologists have been concentrating their efforts on the interior of the main building to enable the builders, Ashley Thompson, to start to erect the scaffolding. Once this is done, the archaeologists will have close access to the walls which will be recorded with as much detail as the floor; and the walls go right back to the late 13th century, so they will have a fascinating story to tell.
Many thanks to Ross Cameron for the photograph.