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MBetz
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Update deux-

Last week Andy's crew did not get into the other half of the road even though it was a bit rainy. Both crew's missed a half day of digging due to the weather and were entertained by a discussion led by Andy with slides. Days of university class lectures came to mind during andy's talk. His was much better than most of my professors though! I and three other on Andy's crew opened an area outside of the IV Gaul fort's northwest corner to try and find the Antonine stone fort one wall. We found part of a turf rampart but no stone wall. On Wednesday we were able to reach the present fort wall and dig just enough to see that the Antonine fort wall may have been used as the foundation for the later fort's north wall. Therefore, the Antonine fort looks to be on a smaller scale than the Gaul fort since the south wall of the Antonine stone fort turns within the later Gaul fort. Thursday we opened a new trench in the small building behind Bldg. 28 in the vicus settlement. There was a great amount of pottery and a stroongly burned section of floor that we were not able to excavate fully by the end of the day. Depending on the weather (which has been rainy and sunny these past two days off) I may be digging in the building again or, if it is dry, back in the wall trench to define the rampart and verify for sure the course of the Antonine stone fort wall. The rest of the crew continued to excavate in Bldg. 29 find all the usual debris from different floor levels.

Justin had a fairly large crew this past week and were able to get to grips in a number of places in Area B. New sections were opened to see if the wooden posts continue to the east and also just south of the well near the temple/tombs. More Hadrianic floors were excavated and a wall seems to be emerging from the section opened just south of the well. The area opened furthest east in Area B may have a road or cobbled yard surface and some building rubble. Next week should give better account for the area. The areas that were already opened when the week started stayed pretty waterlogged throughout the week so there is not much to report on those areas.

Matt
Edited by MBetz, Feb 12 2011, 02:14 PM.
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