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SacoHarry again here. I realize the pictures above are a bit tricky to figure out without context. I've plotted the locations on a current Vindolanda map to show just where Professor Birley was digging. It's an area just to the southeast of the digger's shed. West of the big bath house, and a bit north of the modern footpath that leads down to the main fort. You can still see some of the water channel stones today.

Here is the plot:
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Prof. Birley actually hit on a very interesting spot. The early ditch he mentions (the dotted red line in the plot above, which he first dug in 1930) appears to be the northwestern curve of what's now known as the Period II/III ditch. As for the separate odd ditch running in from the southwest (which he calls Ditch B), I don't know what's up with that one. (I've left it off the plot above.) But ask Justin about weird ditches that seem to veer off in all directions!

Anyway, hope this helps make a bit of sense.
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Excavations of 1931 · Reports & Papers