6th February 2016

With Jake, Tav and Nick.

Nick’s away working for the best part of the next month so he was given the digging honours and a sparkling new mini shovel to help fill the bags. Tav settled into a rather too comfortable position in the pot taking on the clearing role. I ended up on the haul and shuttle, which was unfortunate as I had wrongly assumed that I would be on the surface after digging last weekend which meant that I had left my knee pads in the van. This situation had occurred as Jake insisted on the surface duties as he had contracted the lurgy and didn’t want to infect the rest of the team. Anyway, the end result was 60 bags filled and emptied, some of the bags filled rather too well by an over enthusiastic Nick, plus a dozen or so skip-loads of rocks, some of which required a reduction in size by courtesy of the sledge hammer. A good session indeed and Nick reported that the passage was just about hands and knees size and still going on. Back at the surface Jake reported that it hadn’t rained for at least 20 minutes, it was time to lock up and walk down to the farm.

The weather was pretty miserable – strong winds and heavy rain at times – we were thankful for the use of the new changing hut. Then to the Hunter’s for a de-brief followed by an afternoon watching 6 Nations Rugby and England won in Scotland – does life get any better!

Author: mendipgeoarch

Archaeologist, Geologist, Speleologist