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To allow the children easier access the first trench was opened just above the trod.
Secure store, accommodation facilities including a heated office arrives ready for action.
Although most of the volunteers are from the local area and almost 99% from the North East, a university student from Hong Kong, Tsan Sze Wai was a pleasure to work with.
Items of pottery thought to date back to medieval times have been found at both the ‘schools trench’ and in various trod locations. There are some picture at the bottom of this page of items found at the dig.
With 3 trenches opened down the trod the 1000+ year old pathway made the volunteers work hard.
A Team Spirit
A day up to your eyes in mud seemed to create a great team spirit.
The schools trench in action
With luck on their side and an experienced leader it was not long before items from the Dells past were found with great enthusiasm.
12/5/14 The first trench in the Trod
Establishing the size, depth and outline of the trod are the first priorities. The fist trench is near the top of the slop close to the entrance.
Digging the medieval trod at Fairy Dell with @david_errickson @rob_fmttm & @pinkpopple #Middlesbrough
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