After a night of torrential rain, the river Wharfe was running high and the springs gushed down the hillside at CHW. This, however, earned us a reprieve from the morning site restoration session as it was deemed unsafe on the steep, slippery hillside.
This welcoming scene greeted our arrival on site – the views across the valley were far from encouraging. However, by lunchtime it had cleared with occasional glimpses of the sun in the afternoon.
After taking numerous soil samples, excavation, recording and the employment of the magnetic susceptibility equipment went ahead, in addition to careful drawing and recording of the bakestone.
Our visitors today, apart from the woolly quadrupeds with their annoying habit of attempting to devour any tapes left unguarded, were from the Ingleborough Archaeology Group and the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
With the arrival of the total station, previously hand measured and calculated locations could be confirmed, and at the close of day we said farewell to another two of our gradually depleting band of workers.
Cleaning up the bakestone
Pat & Phil Carroll