Wednesday, January 18, 2006


Finally, after several months of sorting out the details, backfilling of the archaeological excavations at the Upper Forge is now taking place.

Backfilling in progress on Tuesday

A layer of sand is being used to cover the steel furnaces and associated features, as well as the malthouse kiln floor and other sensitive areas.

The main fill is of course the spoil removed during excavations, which is being screened for building materials to be used in the interpretation. Although this is a sad moment for us as archaeologists, at least we know that the remains are still there, and are preserved for future generations. Their discovery has added tremendously to our knowledge and understanding of seventeenth century Coalbrookdale.


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