Another fine day in the paradise that is the Eastcote House archaeological excavation. Storm clouds gathered, thought better of it, and departed. We gave so many tours that by the end I could not be sure I was not repeating myself. Although, since we were giving repeated tours of the same thing, I probably was!
I believe, although this was pretty constant open day activity, that we gave six tours from 9.45 to 15.45, to 25 to 40 people, with a grand total of 223 visitors, including the Mayor, Mayoress, and a descendent of the Hawtrey family, previous occupants of Eastcote House in its heyday.
Thanks to our finds team of Andy and Andy, Simon and Dave who dug some archaeology, Lesley C and the friends, parents of the schoolkids who came during the last two weeks, all the volunteers who cleaned everything that resulted in a clean, excavated and recorded archaeological excavation, I shan’t go on, it sounds like an Oscar Award speech.
What next? is the new question. Well, we have to make our report, have the finds assessed now that they are cleaned of the dust of time, digitise our plans, prepare presentations for anyone who wants one, but first, we have to fill in our excavation, to return the area to a flat grassy lawn, and get ourselves packed up, so Eastcote can be returned to the lovely park it is.
I’ll post again when we have assessed everything, but roll on 2015 season! Bring a friend, have a dig, enjoy the archaeology, and if you can, bring two friends.
Live long, and prosper.