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Here you will find preserved 7 years of conversation, photos, & knowledge about a site many people love. Vindolanda gets under the skin. (Figuratively and literally as a volunteer excavator!) It's a place you remember, filled with people you remember!

Thanks for 7 great years!

Session 6
This is my first attempt at posting, so if it all goes wrong, I will go round and start again. T&P are giving a fantastic overview of the site. I am in the fort, about as far from the pot washer's hut as it is possible to be, but will try to give the view from the distant corner.

Period 6 started dry and with beautiful sunshine. Not quite believing it could last, diggers staying at the Hedley Centre took the opportunity to make the most of optimal conditions on Sunday evening to visit the wall and face down the barbarians.

After that a couple of dullish and cooler days but only one real daytime downpour so far - that was considerate enough to last for the duration of just one lunch hour.

The main effort in the fort has been to extend the boundaries of the excavated area, and further investigation of a couple of sites of interest lying inside. The areas under scrutiny are complicated, either choked with masonry or requiring painstaking exposure because of (very) small finds. Overall, most of the week has been characterised by these finds, including useful dating evidence, rather than by startling advances in revealing the buildings' infrastructure.

To the south, excavation is rapidly approaching the spoil heap, but has turned up a mass of tumbled stones, including some very impressive flagstones. Among them was a voussoir stone recycled from the roof of the bathhouse, apparently not a particularly unusual find at Vindolanda. By Friday, a definite wall was beginning to emerge.

To the east, excavation has reached out to the ramparts of the fort wall and is now
beginning to clear the internal face of the masonry.

Small finds suggest a building's floor area - just below the rampart - supported domestic activity and progress has been careful. The yellowish clay being revealed at bottom right appears to be the start of the rampart slope; the dark stain in front has had a number of interpretations but should be investigated further this week.

To the west, they are still chasing the elusive end of a very large building.
Unbelievably the forecast appears to be good; we have to hope the weather gods continue to be on-side.