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Justin
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What is abundantly clear from two seasons of work now is that there is no later Roman pottery i.e. huntcliffe ware, calcite gritted types or crambeck, other than the isolated occasional sherd of residual ware. Coupled with the lack of coinage from anytime after AD270, the implication here must be that the vicus was abandoned by the end of the third century at the latest: a point first noted some years ago, but firmly reiterated by the evidence of our current campaign.

I feel it had been a successful season. We have furthered out knowledge of the vicus by finding roads to provide a plan of its infrastructure, buildings, which indicate various different zones of use, and have a clear date for its abandonment. In addition, we now know there are anaerobic layers beneath the vicus, and several surprises, for eg the potential Antonine annexe, and double Severan ditch system, which in typical Vindolanda fashion means we need to re-evaluate some of our previous theories.

A heartfelt thanks to everyone who volunteered to help me in area B. It has been a lot of hard work this year, and sometimes it took a few weeks before the ‘bigger picture’ could be seen and appreciated, which I can only imagine must be somewhat frustrating for some of you. However, we are making progress, and with three years left to excavate, we shall understand a great deal more about our vicus than when we started the current campaign in 2008. I hope you can make it back again in 2010, but in the meantime have a great winter!
Edited by Justin, Sep 25 2009, 10:34 AM.
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Area B - final results · 2009