St Marys Headland, Seaham,Co.Durham, UK
Archaeological Dig - August 1999
Day 8 - Wednesday 25th August 1999
Three new additions to our voluntary team members this morning. Welcome to Jessica Kemp amd Katy Cardownie of Newcastle and to Ivan Sharplin.
The JCB is busy digging a north-south extension to Trench A in an attempt to determine a southern boundary for the cemetery. It is already known that it does not extend as far as 30m from the southern edge of Trench A.
0930: The JCB has opened Trench A with an extension which is about 2m wide and 5m long. It has uncovered some bone without too much damage. The rest of the work will be completed by hand. Despite the rain pouring down the diggers are soon hard at work in the new trench.
Removal of skeleton C5 did indeed reveal another skeleton beneath it
which can just be seen within the impression of the grave. The electrical
cable (arrowed) continues through the extension. In the distance the JCB
can be seen re-filling Trench E which had the circular water feature.
St Mary's Church and the Vicarage are visible through the mist.
1030. The JCB opened up a new trench (F) some 60cm deep and about 20m east of Trench A for the purpose of defining a boundary to the cemetery. No skeletons or features were revealed and on the basis of this it would seem that any defining to the cemetery is closer than 20m to the east side of trench A.
There is still no explanation as to why there is an absence of skeletons within the central part of Trench A which is clear from the updated version of the layout of skeletons in the trench.
16:15. The rain stopped before lunch and it is dull but not raining
now. In Trench AX (Xtension of A) several new skeletons have been revealed
though most still require a lot careful trowelling and brushing. Skeleton
C7, which is just inside the new extension, can be seen in the picture
Trench A. skeletons C3 and C4 are marked.
A third metal object has been found close
to the location of the first two.
The spear-shaped metal object, found in the south-east corner of Trench A, appears to be very similar to the new discovery. We await with interest the removal of the new object.
Tomorrow the BBc TV team from "Meet the Ancestors" will be recording on-site.