I was starting to worry. After digging four units in our trench, we still had not found the east wall of the church. Saturday, with the help of neighborhood volunteers and a girl scout troop, we expanded our trench one meter further east. There was still no sign of the wall by the end of our Saturday dig. As it turned out, though, our last level on Saturday was just a trowel scrape from the top of the wall. My students quickly started uncovering large limestone blocks and chunks of burned wood when we returned to the church site on Tuesday. What a relief. We can expand our excavation inside the church now that we have a wall to guide us.
(More on Saturday’s neighborhood archaeology open dig below)
Saturday’s dig was one of our best days this year, despite not hitting the wall. The sun was bright and the volunteers were dedicated. We moved a lot of dirt – which made it possible for us to find the wall so quickly when my class started digging again.
The kids provided the day’s highlight. The older kids were really hard workers. I was amazed at how tough they were as I watched them dig, screen, and hauling dirt. The younger kids kept us all entertained with their enthusiasm for every pretty rock they found. What a fun day.