Alexander and Naomi pretending to work so I can take an action photo

Graveyard Dig 2016 – Day 7

We have been so fortunate with the weather this week. Dry, warm weather with a bit of a breeze dries out the gravestones we have revealed and gives us a chance to get them nice and clean. Only then can we see fully any surviving inscriptions and other carving.

Be that as it may, it gets a bit hot when you are deturfing and backfilling. Dougie and I did a far bit of that this morning while the YAC members got on with the interesting work. Alexander and Naomi uncovered the stone that we found last thing yesterday. I was expecting a mighty stone that had once stood tall in the graveyard, so I had extended the trench accordingly. What was uncovered was actually quite petite.

Alexander and Naomi uncovered a tiny gravestone in an enormous trench
Alexander and Naomi uncovered a tiny gravestone in an enormous trench

The master diggers made excellent progress over the day. Alexander was a bit reluctant to leave, even when I promised not to look at the other side of the stone until he arrives tomorrow.

Alexander and Naomi pretending to work so I can take an action photo
Alexander and Naomi pretending to work so I can take an action photo
Alexander's stone looking blank
Alexander’s stone looking blank

As you can see, the upward face is quite smooth. Tomorrow we will lift it to see if there is any inscription on the other side. Fingers crossed.

Meanwhile in the “Trench of Many Stones”, Erin was getting on with tidying up  so that the edges of each stone can be seen clearly. This is painstaking, but not terribly exciting work, but the results make it all worthwhile. Erin didn’t even want to stop for lunch, so the rest of us just watched her, munching our sandwiches. She did have her lunch eventually, after which she got on with carefully clearing the mud off our coat-of-arms stone and starting to reveal some detail that had not been before.

Erin carefully scrapes the compacted mud from one of the prettier stones
Erin carefully scrapes the compacted mud from one of the prettier stones
The pretty stones posing for the camera
The pretty stones posing for the camera
The stone Erin has been working on begins to give up its muddy secrets
The stone Erin has been working on begins to give up its muddy secrets
The decorative elements of this fragment start to become clearer
The decorative elements of this fragment start to become clearer

Meanwhile Dougie was working away in his own private DHCP trench, uncovering a stone that is small, very thick, at a difficult angle and partially obscured by thick roots (until this afternoon). Again there is no inscription on the upward face, but we should be able to flip it eventually to see what lies on the hidden side.

Dougie practising his speed trowelling
Dougie practising his speed trowelling.
Dougie's stone is small, but very thick
Dougie’s stone is small, but very thick

 

 

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I am one of the Dunfermline YAC leaders and very old and grumpy.

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