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SacoHarry
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For reference, Sue was digging in the NW-most barrack block within Stone Fort II (the visible fort). And her trench was in the southern half of the NW-most unit within that long rectangular barrack block.
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This barrack unit was first uncovered in 2009, and the 4th/5th Century levels exposed then. It looks like crews earlier in 2010 discovered a threshold to a small north-south hallway at the eastern side of this unit. Sue's crew found and dug out a pit at this threshold. And it looks like by the end of their dig they had reached an early cobbled floor level (the dark layer at the bottom of this picture). This would (I believe) have been the original floor surface for when this barrack was first built.

The visible fort (and this barrack block) was first built in the early 3rd Century. From what I understand, at the end of the 3rd century it may have been abandoned for some time (months? years?). In the early 4th Century it was then remanned and comprehensively rebuilt, on mostly the same foundations. (Which is why the floors and walls of the later buildings tend to line up with those of the 3rd Century.) The current programme of works is trying to determine whether the 4th Century barracks were still "military" or if they had "civilians," or both -- or if there was even a real difference in those terms by then.
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Area A Late July-Early Aug · 2010