Excavation Planning

Happier now! In my last post (pun not intended!) I realised I needed to read about Project Planning in general. As a result I realised I was trying to put my cart in front of the horse; I was trying to timetable an hypothetical end point of one year, and then working backwards towards how to get there, and getting lost along the way.

Instead I tried brainstorming each of the outcomes I hope to achieve – one trench at a time – mini project stages in and of themselves – and each following on from the one before.

And it seems to have worked – apart from the timescale part (I can deal with that later) – and so it is that I now have a provisional list of targets:

  1. Find NE corner of garden boundary wall (1x1m trench on corner & extend if required to max 2x2m)
  2. Find S boundary wall junction; including corner of farmyard & garden & possible gdn structure (1x1m trench on estimated junction & extend if required to 3x2m)
  3. Find SW corner of water tank on boundary wall (1x1m trench & extend if required to 2x2m)
  4. Find NW corner of water tank on boundary wall (1x1m trench & extend if required to 2x2m)
  5. Find SW corner of house on boundary wall (1x1m trench & extend if required to 2x2m)
  6. Find NW corner of house on boundary wall (1x1m trench & extend if required to 2x2m)
  7. Find internal house wall lines on W side of house (three 1x1m trenches increased to 1x3m if required)
  8. Find front door and front garden gate (two 2x1m trench enlarged to 3x1m if required)
  9. Find NE corner of house, including ‘wood-shed’ (2x1m trench enlarged to 3x1m if required)
  10. Find SE corner of ‘wood-shed’ & projection of E side of house, possible back-door & internal house wall (2x2m trench enlarged to 3x3m if required)
  11. Find door in internal wall (2x1m trench enlarged to 3x1m if required)
  12. Find fireplace (2x1m trench enlarged to 3x1m if required)
  13. Clear vegetation on mound of demolition rubble & look for chimney pots
Newmarket Cottage Trench Plan; January 2013.

Newmarket Cottage Trench Plan; January 2013. Base plan from ESRO.

This only provisional – but I have to start somewhere.

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One thought on “Excavation Planning

  1. I realise now that I also need a small trench to locate the junction of the internal wall between the house, garden and the N boundary wall. This would help with the location of other related features – just in case the only detailed plan that we have proves to be unreliable. This would be trench 2b.

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