Another flint knapping workshop at Butser Ancient Farm for me. I didn’t dig but the rest of the team did. The following report was written by Jon:
2. A butcher's slaughterhouse (archaic except in place names).
3. Five diggers at Halloween Rift on Saturday 15th June 2019.
The usual call to action is via a text-based messaging system (e-mail). This week, attempts were made to circumvent this and use instead a text-based messaging system (SMS). Four members of the team (Tav, Nick, Duncan and Jon) assembled at the appointed hour. A fifth member (Paul) sent a message to indicate he was running late.
The team patiently waited and, after further reference to the messaging system, waited some more. Finally giving up on the latecomer, the team moved on to the farm, to be met by the latecomer. For his sins, he was appointed hut warden.
With echoes of past failures, the team set out without a key. A Sage Elder saved the day; a runner was despatched to get one. Fortunately, a second team member also went back and got the correct key.
Effort was directed at the Cold Gnarly North, with Paul in the lead. Nick took the wet spot, in his lake. Tav hauled at the corner, a position gaining a reputation for being cold and miserable. Duncan and Jon hauled and stacked at the entrance. 44 bags of spoil and 11 loads of rock were removed. Paul reports that this was largely loose spoil that had previously been stacked along the sides of the passage.
The team learnt from their earlier mistakes and made sure that they finished on time. They then retired to a local hostelry for liquid refreshment…
…or rather, three team members did. Those who had manned the wetter, colder positions went straight home.”