Scrattocking and pumping

Today we saw a mattocking masterclass from site supervisor, Emily Glass. She introduced students to "scrattocking", which is scratchy mattocking! Watch the video:

"Scrattocking" (Scratchy mattocking) masterclass by Emily Glass. #digberkeley #archaeology #excavation

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Along the way, we notate plans and take levels in preparation for troweling, and we are recording the whole trench edge as we go. The east side of the trench, with the deepest excavations, includes three large puddles. Not exactly ideal for archaeology. Our brand new pump isn't working, but it should hopefully be fixed by tomorrow.
Site supervisors Emily & Sian planning pumping of the puddles
On the bright-side, the Anglo-Saxon building foundation walls and floor deposits will be removed. After de-weeding, the trenches will be cleaned to reveal a layer where some finds dating to the Saxon period were found. The site drawings will have to fit the 40m length section (1:20 should do it) and levelling will have to be undertaken for the plan. Emily Young and Morgan Jones are on the case to teach the first years (and others with terrible memory) this technique.

Keep checking back with us for the latest scrattocking updates!