Today marked the culmination of many months of planning, emails and numerous phone calls. Finally, we actually started the excavation at the pre-colonial shipbuilding yard at Horeke! The team was divided across the site to cover both the upper and lower sections of the shipbuilding yard.
The excavation involved a combination of mechanical and hand-based techniques to remove the topsoil and to uncover the artefacts – of which over 300 have already been recorded.
Once the topsoil was removed, it was sieved using the Roman crane, purpose-built by Dr Hans Bader, who can be seen assembling it in the photo below.
Despite working in the hot, humid conditions, the team made excellent progress, and after a long and productive day, had opened up five excavation areas for a total area of 172 square metres. The number, type, age and distribution of the artefacts that were uncovered today suggest there is much for this site to reveal during the rest of the excavation – stay tuned for updates!