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Week 6
Ahh, so more something like this then?
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Pitfall #32 of archaeology: inadverntently creating features from nothing!

Week 6
Can't believe at long last I'm finally back over, ready to get trowel to soil. I took a quick walk around the site today, and it (and the museum) are as amazing as everyone says. The archaeology is superb, and the museum is world-class! The thought that went into not just showing the objects, but telling the story of the people through those objects, is fantastic! The coin room is brilliant, the skeleton poignant, the revamp of Prof. Eric Birley's office with family photographs really inspired. The leather tentage, wall of shoes, laboratory setups -- it all rocks.

So, on to Week 6! It seems that the alleyway (the new "Site #4" on the weekly progression) will still be the focus. Below is a picture I snapped today showing the alley still surviving in the background, and excavated away to reach the Severan roundhouse level in the foreground.

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(roundhouse in orange, alleyway in blue)

Looks to be a great week!

Area of Excavations 2011
END OF WEEK 5

Focus seems to have shifted slightly west from Site #2, to a new strip I'll label Site #4. This is the smaller roadway between two sets of barrack blocks to the west, and the heavily excavated barrack block to the east (the focus of Site #2).
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(larger version available by clicking here)

This roadway is something of an alley for local comings & goings. Instead of large flagstones it was cobbled. "Badger" Tim reports that much digging is going into defining walls along both sides of the roadway, while other crews are preparing to lift the road up to see what lies beneath. It seems that what's being found is similar to Site #2 -- a well-defined range with the 3rd/4th Century buildings on top, evidence of the short-lived Severan roundhouses below, and well-preserved barrack block/roadway from the 2nd C Stone Fort I. As at Site #2 just to the east, the layout of SFI's buildings & road look very similar to SFII, except that the former was all shifted to the east about 10-15 feet or so.

Meanwhile, all up and down Site #2, a great sequence of SFII/roundhouses/SFI is currently on display. It seems to have been a busy 5 weeks! The great series of photos from Terry & Pauline have shown the latest barrack block to be divided into apparently 9 apartments, with the northernmost seeming to be the centurion's quarters. I've updated the map to show that.

Week 4
At long last, pictures from Terry & Pauline's Week 4 as promised.

The following is a great series going room by room along the 9-room barrack block that's been the center of attention during April. Because the later (SF II) barrack block sits mostly over the earlier one (SF I), the two can be seen sharing the same space in most rooms. It's fun watching the more muddled/damaged bits lying under the northern rooms slowly turn to well-preserved remains of roads, drains, and walls toward the south.

All of the following are standing just to the west of the barrack, looking east. They start at the north end, and travel south room by room. (Captions below from Terry & Pauline)
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"Facing east after group photo. Dilys, Jim and Dave's work on the Via Decumana, top left."

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"Antonine road. Large oven dominated room but destroyed strata - "trashed," said Andy. No sign of a drain. Pauline, Margaret, Chris and Matthew's area."

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"Antonine road with north south drain removed except for a couple of stones to left. Evidence of oven and trashing. Terry, Pete, Dave and Joyce's area."

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"Antonine road again, remains of north south drain mainly in centre. Drain of different construction to next photos in sequence."

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"Antonine road and drain in much better condition here."

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"Another room in much better condition than some further north."

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"Dilys and Jim worked here for part of the week. Room much admired for its des res, groomed appearance compared to Pauline, Margaret, Chris and Matthew's trashed room."

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"Less disturbance to Antonine road and drain as barrack block goes further south."

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"Last room in north south sequence"

Lastly, as a teaser to what Badger is describing for Week 5, here is the next focus of the dig: just to the west of the barrack in the series above lies a cobbled N-S alley. To the west of it, two more 3rd-4th C barracks, with underlying material too. The picture below is about from the main east-west road within the fort, looking north.

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As before, Terry & Pauline have made the original, hi-resolution photos available at their Canon Photo Gallery, link here.

Area of Excavations 2011
END OF WEEK 4

Site #2 has been the heart of the activity this week.
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Reports and pictures are showing really impressive features. Below the latest fort, Stone Fort II, many of the Severan "roundhouses" are showing up, including ovens & hearths in their midst. Below them are well-preserved barracks, roadways, and roadside drains of Stone Fort I. The find of a piece of samian pottery with a repair made in lead emphasizes how prized these plates & bowls were.

Many of the SFI barrack walls seem to be slumped into an earlier north-south ditch. If so, this is odd, as this area would also have been within the walls of the earlier forts. A ditch running inside a fort? Elsewhere, curious stones by the temple at the north of the fort suggest possibly a gated entrance to that section of fort/fort road.

Looks like another great week of digging. Photos have come in and I'll try to get them (and their links) up soon!

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