Well, despite the weather, the first RRPG dig of the year went ahead on Saturday.
When I got to the site, the car temp gauge read -12.5 !!!! The ground was frozen solid 2-3inches down and had to be hacked through to get to the softer earth. A thick layer of snow lay on everything making the site barely recognisable. Because of the temp, and the covering of snow, digging was hard going and difficult as you could not see where to start digging. This resulted in a relatively small volume of finds for this site, and nothing that we hadn't seen before.
I was also without my lucky mascot on this dig, Davejb. He was sorely missed
Along with the weather, only three people turned out for the dig which was a shame, but unavoidable. Hopefully the next dig will get a better turn out.
All in all it was a little bit of a disappointing day, but hey........you have to take the rough with the smooth.......
I did find an area where they must have discarded thousands of slings, mainly Thompson, because of the massive layer of fire damaged sling buckles. I must of recovered more than 2,000 buckles in the space of 30 minutes. I kept the pick of the bunch and left the rest on the surface for the guys to helps themselves too at the next dig
The before cleaning shot doesn't include a large number of sling buckles as these are already in vinegar
Hit one patch where a few drill and inspection rounds popped out.
Headstamps for you.....
And some more.....
BE = Royal Ordnance Factory, Blackpole, Worchester.
U = Dummy round
RL = Royal Laboratory, Woolwich Arsenal, Kent
D = Drill round
More bits to come once they're cleaned, and I'm sure DM will post his finds as well