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In the end the water took almost the 6 months to go from the trenches. I had hoped that we could do a little more digging in trench 1 but this was where the water was
at its highest. The photograph shows the view across the site when the water was high.
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I will try to update it each day. Our last page had problems
The trenches are beginning to dry out Trench 4 near the gate has the sand showing through as has trench 7 further in.
Trench 1 is still holding a lot of water. This is the trench we could do a little more work on if it ever dries out!
Trench 3 is still in the moat
Still the water keeps rising
It is now over 4months since the trenches filled with water and it continues to rise
It’s interesting to see where the water features would have been in the past as the current water table is showing the high and low points of the site
The moat is quite wide now and trench 3 has disappeared altogether
I don’t know when we can get back in to fill the holes with soil
This is trench 1 and someone has been building a bridge during the Easter holidays The wood was snapped so hope no one was hurt
Lucky they did not suffer worse!
The land is private, the gate is locked and there are deep excavation signs. I don’t know what else can be done.
Just hoping for a spell of dry weather!
The remains of an early sand dune. This sand was used on the site to build up the level of the platform near the moat
Can be seen in Trench 1
Level 1079 is 9th – 12th century (identified by dating the pottery found here)
We found a large quantity of what looked like wild boar bones and wondered if there had been a Viking feast.
Sadly, I think it was a rubbish pit that we had found…..but we can always hope!
If the water level goes down it would be good to look at this pit again.
The Heritage Lottery have agreed an extension to our project until the end of June 2016 to enable the site to dry out before we fill in the trenches.
Jon Kenny and contractor discussing filling in trench 3
If this happens soon we might be able to do some more excavating to finish the 3 areas which were overwhelmed when the water table rose.
If you are interested in helping please let me know via the web site
Since Xmas the river Ouse has been steadily rising to the record level of 2000 of 7.90 metres
We have wall to wall water. On Keesbury we can see the original moat which is now filled with water. The trenches are full of water so they cannot be filled in until the levels go right down. The owner of the site has 5 swimming pools in her back garden now.
This is the moat trench 3.The water has extended out of the trench into the moat and is very deep
We have finished digging now
Had a party for the volunteers who did the excavations
This is the cake I made with my daughter Helen for the party
It represents our dig with Jon Kenny in yellow Joyce Payne in blue and Margaret in red
It shows the dig site made from fondant icing
Finished the dig
The weather has beaten us .All the trenches are full of water
This is trench 3 which was dug partly in the moat.
The water has overflowed on to the grass at the end of the trench
Three days left this week
Last week we made even more discoveries
Possibly a pottery kiln or oven and beam slots and the robbed out foundations of the “Folly” building
Our archaeologist Dr Jon Kenny has been awarded the honour of
in a ceremony in London this week from the British Council for Archaeology
Picture shows Jon with Brian Marsh who made the award
I am proud to say we helped with the recommendation of Jon for this award
We shall soon have finished our Keesbury Project
If you would like to join us for session of digging in a muddy hole time is running out
Only a few days left and that is dependent on dry weather
End of Grant Celebration
Regardless of the wet weather at the start of the day we had a great turn out to our end of grant celebration for our Keesbury Heritage project
For more information look under Keebury/Archaeology
A reminder that on Saturday 24th October from 1pm to 4pm
Open day at the school
There will be displays of finds, gooseberry pies and lots more to see and do including a guided tour of the dig site.
Hope to see you there?
Edward Croot has sent us a link to his Cawood sword video
see Castle Garth history/ cawood sword
Weather looks better today…so hope to dig 16th September
It’s been a beautiful day We have made a lot of progress
Please come along if you wish to check it out
TOO WET TO DIG TODAY 15th September
We would like know what you think about our dig?
If you would like to comment on the dig please leave the message at the bottom of the page
American Cawoods visit Keesbury
Marvin and Bobby Cawood with their family visited the site last week
We were delighted to meet them and they had the guided tour!
Cawood family on Keesbury Manor site
Check out Keesbury archaeology for a summary of the dig so far
We were pleased to welcome Mr Nigel Adams, our local MP to our dig on Wednesday 19th August at 2pm
He had a tour of the site and tea with the volunteers
We are looking for volunteers to help with our dig on Keesbury Manor, Cawood ….a site which has not been excavated before
Confirmed dates are:
Meet at 9.30-10 am for briefing before starting at 10 am until 4pm
at 15 Broad Lane,Cawood…close to Cawood school
Gooseberry growing in Cawood
If you currently have a Gooseberry bush and other fruit in your garden could you let us know please?
We would like to plot onto a modern map the position of fruit trees etc in the village today
We also would like to mark on the map where the Gooseberries were growing in Victorian times
If you have any Gooseberry related information please leave a message below or
or watch out for us near the church with maps to fill in at the Craft Fair