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Area B 2008
Many thanks to Michael for his photos of area B. As most of you will know the area was pretty complex (now there's a surprise) and a bit battered by later ploughing, which resulted in some high unphotogenic archaeology. Without being on top of a decent sized ladder it was difficult to trace structures and features, but I've done my best to describe some of Michael's photos below in the hope it shines some more light on the area for people.

Photo 1.
Looking west across the NW corner of workshop CXXVII. On the right of the photo, work is continuing on a major east-west running raodway leading towards the western edge of the extramural settlement.

Photo 2.
The cobbles of a north-south running back alley betweeen buildings CXIV and CXXVII can be seen in the foreground, with the north and west walls of workshop CXVII lying in the mid distance. Behind, work is carrying on on the same east-west road as in photo 1.

Photo 3.
Looking south across the apsidal end of a second century iron working workshop. Some of the few remaining floor flags to have been left in situ can be seen in the middle of the picture. A significant amount of hammer-scal on the floor was suggestive of smithing having taken place here.

Photo 4.
General shot across area B showing the surface of the major east-west road in the near foreground, the apsidal ended workshop in the centre and workshop CXXVII in the distance. The extant of the plough damage to the whole area can also be seen by the lack of any stone walls remaining over 1 course in height.

Photo 5.
Looking north over the apsidal ended workshop. The complexity of the archaeology can be seen clearly here in the fact that 3 -separate phases of stratigraphy are visible. Latest is the last surfacing of the major east-west roadway visible at the far end of the photo. The apsidal ended workshop (wall and floor flags visible mid shot) lay beneath this, and under it, (just visible on the far right of the shot, lay the smaller cobbles of the earliest phase of the workshop.

Photo 6.
Looking south over the apse. Some of the churned up material from plough damage can be seen above the apse's wall and the black, sooty floor material can clearly be seen centre-shot towards the rear of the trench.

Photo 7.
Some of the tightly packed, smaller cobles of the earliest examined structure in the area; a timber built workshop of second century date. A lead brooch pattern for a piece-mould may suggest at least one of the items being made here.

Photo 8.
General shot across the area looking SW towards King Cairn Hill in the background. From excavations this year in area B it has become clear that at least one substantial Roman roadway led away from the main site in that direction