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Justin
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The only let down in this discovery was the chronic lack of anything really well stratified to give us an absolute date for it. However, from its stratigraphic relationship to surrounding, better dated, features it seems likely at present that this could be Antonine in date. If, so it may well be that we have found the remains of part of a defended annexe. All very exciting and quite a major discovery indeed!

What was very clear was that the gate and rampart had gone out of use by the turn of the third century because it had been sliced through by the main SW corner of the Severan ditch system. This Severan encampment at Vindolanda is noted for having an extraordinarily large rampart base and deep ditch to defend it (some on you will remember very well Andy’s excavation through the south Severan ditch a few years ago). We discovered in 2009 that the west ditch came to a similar terminus to the south ditch, but that there was also a possible second, outer, ditch extending westwards. This is likely to swing north quite quickly to form an outer ditch meaning that the Severan camp was quite heavily fortified on its western side.

The silts and sandy fill from these ditches was anaerobic in nature, and so we came across tent leather, odd scraps and the inevitable shoes, including what appeared to be a pair discarded together.
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Edited by Justin, Sep 25 2009, 10:22 AM.
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Area B - final results · 2009