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Welcome to the official Blog of the Chester Amphitheatre Project.

Thursday, June 16

Things are finally moving again!

This is just a quick note to say that the project is now back up and running again after the winter break. You can see the covers have nearly all be carefully removed from the site on the webcam, so digging work will soon be getting underway in earnest.

You can expect to start seeing the information trickling it's way through slowly as the work gathers pace over the next few weeks.

We are hoping to have much more activity on the blog this year, but stay tuned for another announcement when we get more details!

posted by Anthony at 13:28



Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's happened to the webcam? You could be bulldozing the entire site and the world wouldn't be able to see!

Seriously, I miss my daily view of the dig, and hope you will soon be back online.

9:37 AM, June 21, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's back! Good to see all that activity - now I'm looking forward to finding out what this year's objectives are, and hopefully reports on any early results and finds.

9:52 AM, June 22, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are we going to have more frequent posts from the archaeologists this year - after their star turns on Timewatch I thought they'd love doing an online diary!!

12:12 PM, June 22, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From The Trenches...

Yes, we have finally started digging again for the summer. After taking all the winter coverings from site, we have had to make it clean and tidy again by removing moss and troweling the surface. But now, digging is in full gear.
Recently, in Area A (the northern part of the amphitheatre), we have found a brooch and in Area B (towards the east entrance of the amphitheatre) we have been finding interesting bits of pottery and burnt bone.
Also worth mentioning is the new information point that will be set up on site in the forthcoming weeks. It will be situated on the walkway and (soon) will have pamphlets, fact and activity sheets, and artefacts for handling. An archaeologist will also be onhand to provide information about the site.

9:51 AM, June 28, 2005  
Blogger InfoArch said...


InfoArch will be our new handle on the BLOG. We will be adding to the WebTeam's messages and answering your messages as well!

2:03 PM, June 28, 2005  
Blogger InfoArch said...


We've already made a mistake! The brooch mentioned in our first update was not found in Area A, but in Area B or C. It is a pin brooch and made of copper-alloy. Sorry for the confusion, and hopefully there will be more finds to report in the coming weeks.

3:46 PM, June 28, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was in the extension to Area B.
I know this for twas I that found it!

8:40 AM, July 04, 2005  
Blogger InfoArch said...

From the Trenches...
Things have been progressing nicely on site, especially in Trenches B and C where pieces of cultivated land have been uncovered. We can't be sure what was grown there at the moment--not until some environmental analysis is done, but the buzz word has been liquorice. In Trench B, we are now starting to remove parts of the 17th century cellar. In Area A we are currently troweling back and removing layers of yellow sand from in between the amphitheatre walls. We're hoping to find more artefacts to paint a better picture of what was happening outside the original amphitheatre. From this layer we have already found some bits of pottery (including some Samian ware), some burnt animal bone, and what might be part of a human skull. Also in Area A, we may have uncovered part of a shrine. Painted plaster was discovered as well as what might be an altar base.

2:18 PM, July 08, 2005  

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