I was asked by a blog follower to put together some kind of overview of the mill site to help people “piece it all together.” Last year our work was confined to the middle of the mill. It was basically one long line of open trenches and excavations. This year we are working in the peripheries of the mill, and therefore we’re much more spread out. So even though these pictures show where we are, trees and distances make it difficult to get all of the excavations in one shot.
Here is a picture from last year’s tours showing a basic overview of the 2011 excavations. I’m standing (with back turned to you) right about in the middle of the mill. This year’s excavations are taking place at the extreme left and right of what you can see here. We started at upper left in those small trees. Currently we are working where the drawing tri-pod is set up at right (and just a couple of meters uphill from it as well). Another set of excavations are 5 meters to the right of the last person standing on the right.
Here you can see this year’s excavations. It almost looks like no one was working here last year.
Here is a view from the far right (eastern) portion of the mill looking west. Trevor is in the foreground looking for what we hope is the eastern wall of the stamp room. No definitive proof yet, but we just started today.