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Loving this as always Mike. Thanks for the latest post -- and glad to see recovery from dogbites and back strains!

I was curious about shale used as mortar. Reading Eric Birley's excavation reports from the 30s, he seems to have come across Roman mortar with a lot of shale in it around the north gate of the stone fort (Stone Fort II). I had never heard of that anywhere else. (But that may just be me showing my ignorance.) In your travels have you seen shale mortar? Was Prof. Birley right about what he found? I just wonder what it is about shale that makes a good mortar.
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