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Justin
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Amazingly we are close to half way through the season already and I thought it was time to post an upate on how things stand so far.

We have found the extant of the stone built vicus to the south west of the fort now where it seems a small area of industrial workshops lay. A lead brooch - perhaps a blank for a mould may indicate one of the items being made there and the sheer amount of clinker, soot etc on the floor might indicate quite a long use for the buildings.

A network of roads (some of them better laid than others!) has been uncovered. These lead off mainly east to west away from the stone fort as expected, but one slight surprise is a nicely defined track, complete with curbs, that heads off to the southwest towards 'king cairn hill'. What were they doing up in that direction now???

A nice surprise has been a couple of inscribed items. The first was a small altar lying face down in a small pit. The inscription is far from easy to read and work is continuing at present - as soon as I know I'll let you know! Suggestions as to why the inscription is so badly carved range from illiteracy to a large quantity of celtic beer being consumed immediatley prior to carving! :P The second item was a finger ring inscribed with what looked like Matri Patri, but againmore lab work is necessary to make certain.

The excavation is now heading north, to link up with the area we examined last year and to target one or two nice repsonses on the magnetometer plan that was undertaken in the winter.

It's looking good so far and I'm sure there will be lots more new information to come yet this season...............
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