HANL cleaned by Chris and I (got wet).
HANE cleaned by Matthew and I
However, as the month wore on we
built up to what proved to be the hottest April day for nearly 70 years
with temperatures reaching 28 degrees C. and we were out in it digging, really digging, to remove by spade deep deposits of generally clean silts from the western portion of the ditch round the central mound of the water parterre.
Despite hacking away at this with frequent water breaks Matthew managed
to spot a very nice late seventeenth / early eighteenth century clay
pipe, more useful dating evidence for the silting up of the ditch.
Major clearance going on as we continue to dig away the ditch silts.
Improvements to the infrastructure or interesting things to do with
pallets: a) turn it in to a bridge or b) create a coffee table, both
Checking out the next layer down: more destruction debris
Almost there, just one corner left to dig by the end of one very hot day plus the key find.