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** updated 12 April**

Many thanks for notes from Terry S and Hadriana, plus a nice e-mail from Andy. Below shows the opening week.
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Terry S reports digging near the surface following the barrack wall that runs just to the east of the main north-south road within the fort. (The road with many of its impressive flagstones still in place.) Site #1 on the map. This would be the upper layers, 4th-5th Century (and beyond?). Next to him, a team worked in the area of the 3rd Century temple discovered in 2009 -- Site #3 on the map; unsure what levels there.

Hadriana reports working in the front of the barracks, Site #2 on the map. She and crews next to her were working a bit north of the area where the north-south road (the via praetoria) meets the east-west road (the via principalis). She reports the usual finds of pottery, nails, metal bits. But also a carved stone and -- amazingly -- a "measuring tape" stone with lines and triangles notched into it to help builders mark out buildings/roads. Too cool. Her crews are also comparatively deep down. She seems to have spent some time in 3rd Century levels (the early years of the visible Stone Fort II), but also worked on at least one Antonine era road. (That would be late 2nd Century, part of the leveled Stone Fort I. The road may be the equivalent to the visible via praetoria. Parts of this older N/S road were discovered in late 2010.)

Looks like the weather was (mostly) conducive to diving right in. Hat's off to first-week'ers, and many thanks for the reports! I think it's going to be fun watching this unfold.
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