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Winter Visit
Some nice shots, thanks for sharing. You were, of course, the most appropriate WeDigger to be there today. B)

2013 Excavations and the new SMC
Andy, I was wondering if you would be willing to give us more background to the plan for the North Field, specifically in terms of the three trench positions?

As you mentioned elsewhere in response to a previous question, the narrow trench is an extension of where we ended up in July, presumably tracking the ditch we found further up the field. It looks to me like the most southerly trench is extending westward from the 2010 trench, is that expected to be a corner of the/a presumed fort? What about the most northerly trench, what is hoped might be revealed there?

I know that there is some sensitivity about activity in the field, so I understand if you need to keep your cards close to your chest here, but any light you'd be willing to shed on this, on these cold dark winter days, would be much appreciated!

Roman hairstyle reverse engineered
In one of those serendipitous moments of idle internet surfing, I happened upon this report, which covers a presentation last week at the Archaeological Institute of America's annual meeting. It describes the successful reconstruction by Janet Stephens of the specific hairstyle worn by Vestal Virgins, which had been a bit of a mystery due to the fabric coverings that usually hid the complex pattern of braids. The report is on Yahoo news, but appears to be well written:

Vestal Virgin hairstyle reconstructed

I also managed to find a 17 minute movie showing the author reproducing the style from start to finish. I'm not usually particularly interested in hairstyles (being somewhat challenged in that department myself), but this is a fascinating insight into the lengths the Romans went to with their hair.

Movie showing the complex braiding construction






Happy new year
Many spammers we've had before have not been Chinese, several I can remember have been UK-based. Even if they were, it seems a little harsh to tar all 1.3 billion people from China with the same brush... :ermm: