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Week 18
Good morning! (Afternoon?)

Webcams today show a lot of blue sky and dry ground. Hope it's been a good start to Week 18 on-site! Hard to belive it's already coming into the later part of the season. With a month left, what else will be found & learned?

Here is an updated basic plan of how I understand the site work at the end of Wk 17 (many thanks to NicC for the reports!). As always, if things are wrong, please let me know.

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Week 17
Nic, thanks so much for the play-by-play through the week. Can't believe how big & wide the trenches are this year. Hopefully it's really helping to sort out more old puzzles than it is creating new ones!

Week 17
Great article in today's "Journal Live" seems to confirm that diggers have indeed found the spring-head! Exciting to be able to see where it all comes from and then be able to start really tracing all those wild ditches & conduits to see how they played together.

http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-news/2012/07/25/vindolanda-piping-system-uncovered-by-dr-andy-birley-61634-31465284/

Week 17
Before anything else, wow the oak leaf is amazing! Is it really from a sealed context & really Roman??

Alleged post-Roman Christian community found at Maryport
Whoa. If this holds up to scrutiny, this is BIG news!

http://www.itv.com/news/border/2012-07-25/christian-burial-ground-unearthed-in-west-cumbria/

Week 17
Wish they'd just pull up an "Agricola Was Here" plaque so the suspense could be lifted!

Week 16
Loving the dual updates! Plastic in the ground... 1000 years from now that will be the determiner for late 20th/early 21st C levels. The "Plasticene."

Week 15
Wow, Vindolanda and Binchester back-to-back. Hope the weather continues to hold! Thanks again Terry.

Week 16
Here are the main trenches being worked for Week 16 as I understand them:
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May the sun continue to shine! Hope it's a great week in the trenches.

Week 15
Where are my manners? A huge shout-out to Terry for all the shots this week! It's a lot of fun as always watching the site unfold, and much appreciated.

Week 15
Terry's pictures from Friday, as promised!

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Progress in new trench NW of 7/8

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Progress in new trench SW of 7/8

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Standing at S edge of 8, looking N up across 7/8. So much archaeology here! Terry, or anyone, can you illuminate a bit of what's showing here?

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NW extension of area 7

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Overview of 7/8 standing at NE edge looking SW-ish. Watertank visible at left (ironically in -front- of the huge pool of water!). Again, lots of trenches, boulders, color changes -- any clues for the arm-chair brigade of what's happening?

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Middle of the old 4b looking north at the nicely defined edge of the early N/S ditch system going under the later Severan stones and vicus aqueduct.

Week 15
Pictures from Thursday as promised! And what's that.... dry soil? No puddles??

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Progress in new trench off NW corner of 7/8, near temple, looking N

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Progress in new trench of SW corner of 7/8, near temple, looking SE

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Image of drains/stonework (and other unknown features!) in SW corner of 7/8

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Backfilling continuing at northern lip of 4a

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A look down 4a, 4b, 4c into still waterlogged ditch system

Week 15
Terry's pictures from Wednesday, sorry for the delay!

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new trench opened off SW corner of area 8

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Area 7/8 also being extended to the west

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Another new trench opened off NW corner of area 7

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Along with another extension of 7/8 at its own NW corner

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Northern lip of Area 4a now serving as backfill

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This seems to be in the start of the year's area 1a/1b, tracing another ditch

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The deep N/S ditch system in 4b (near the old "Anaerobe Gulch") getting more work

So the dig widens still more!

Week 15
Terry reports: "Rained off today. Most diggers went on walk led by Andy, Beth and Katy to Roman Army Museum. Photo shows lunch being taken at Cawfields Quarry. Not looking good for tomorrow."

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Week 15
Some of Terry's photos from today, as promised. Amazing how much is happening even with the unending rain.

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North Field trench, standing on western edge looking east across large (early?) E-W ditch system

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North Field trench, center, looking south at (I think) later drain that was placed in/over backfilled early ditch

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Good old Site 4a from early in the year -- parts being excavated, the northern lip being backfilled

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The -massive- Site 7/8 from the NW corner looking east across the water tank... have fully lost the bubble on all the bits & bobs that are in this trench; can anyone help describe what's happening here?

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4b from west looking east across the old N/S defensive ditches and the later N/S vicus roadway beyond it

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An overview from the SE corner of 5 looking N to the aqueduct as the baulk between it and 4b is pulled out

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Another overview of 7/8 from the SE corner looking NW

For more of this set, in higher resolution, click here.

Week 15
Placeholder for Week 15. The weather cams are showing gloom & puddles. Fingers crossed for dry trenches??

Week 14
The story continues:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/9380792/Flood-warning-UK-faces-a-months-worth-of-rain-today.html

Flood warning: UK faces a month's worth of rain today
"The UK faces a month's worth of rain today as forecasters warn it will be the worst deluge of the summer."
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Hope all people, homes, museums, and trenches make it through unscathed.

Bring Out Yer Dead
Wanton disregard for old tombstones wasn't just limited to Romans. Philadelphia, PA, 1950s: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/arts-and-lifestyle/2012/06/how-thousands-headstones-ended-under-philadelphia-bridge/2410/

Week 14
Week's almost out -- any news from the trenches?

Also, if you haven't checked it lately, the Western Classical Studies blog has some really great posts over the past few days. The kind of stuff that reminds me of my first visit to Hadrian's Wall country and how awesome it is to be working there, discovering pieces of lives buried for 2000 years!

Week 14
Fingers & toes crossed for a dry week. At least no more torrential floods!

As a starter, an updated plan of the "main" trenches as I understand them. (Please correct if anything is badly wrong.)
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(The "W" in the upper-left corner of area 7 is the water tank. The gray stands for drains/ditches; the big gray circle is the well/pit; the black rectangle next to it is what appears to be a stone structure... is this the hearth Justin tweeted about?)

The North Field trench will remain unplanned. Basically it's a very large rectangle. In the center, running east-west, is a road surface with drains on either side. In the southern part of the trench is a very large ditch -- or two side-by-side ditches -- also running east-west, with a range of Roman pottery coming out from the upper levels.

Snowglobe left large shoes to fill from all the photos & updates of the past weeks. Can someone on-site continue the great trend?

Happy digging!