First of all, thank you so much to everyone who came along to Castlehill Heritage Centre a few weeks ago to help Jack and learn about the wet sieving of the soil samples collected during excavations earlier this year. You can see in our blog post here that the initial results look promising.
The residues and flots – everything that is left behind after the soil has been removed – are currently drying out and will be ready for sorting next week (w/c 7th December 2015). This involves carefully picking through the samples, identifying environmental material such as cereal grains, seeds and charcoal (and possibly even small artefacts too!) and retaining these for further analysis in the lab.
If you can spare some time next week, and would like to help out, please get in touch with Muriel of CHS directly to make arrangements.