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Human remains?
very quickly a note regarding the potential 'graves' in the west of the vicus.

Basically the whole area had been badly plough damaged truncating much of the evidence and making analysis tricky. The potential burials were also, however, as Tim points out, in later Roman levels and therefore very close to the surface. They were very open to post depositional processes including bioturbation. The classic anaerobic Vindolanda preservation conditions didn't apply and worse news was the soil in the area was fairly acidic. The result of those factors is that any intact bone (even left as a soil stain) was long gone.

We still have a slim hope of establishing if the pits, cuts etc contained burials via our soil samples as there is a possibility that additional funeray deposits such as fruit etc may have survived. The intial processing of these samples has been done but we await the complete results from our science specialist with her powerful microscope and vast experience.

I can honestly say that the excavator wouldn't be surprised to find they were industrial pits given their close proximity to workshops in the immediate area.

Anyway, just my twopennyworth