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END OF WEEK 3

Work seems to have shifted to a much-expanded Site #2 on the map. Site #3, the Dolicheneum (temple complex to Jupiter Dolichenus) is undergoing conservation for permanent display.

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Site #2 on the map sits in the rightmost of 3 barrack-rows that occupy the NW quarter of the latest fort, "Stone Fort II." Diggers are excavating down through this Stone Fort II barrack block to the earlier Antonine fort below, "Stone Fort I." Well-preserved Antonine barracks & road systems are starting to show up in these deeper levels. This earlier fort layout seems to be shifted 4-5 meters to the right (east) of the later fort. The map above shows the layout of the latest fort. You can see that the main north-south road runs just to the east of the barrack in Site #2, with a smaller alley just to the west of that barrack. The same system is showing up for the Antonine fort underneath, just shifted to the right.

Sandwiched between SFI and SFII is a very short-lived period, the "Severan" occupation of about AD 208-213. In ~AD 208 the whole of SFI was knocked to the ground, and the area was instead covered by bizarre "roundhouses." Reason still unknown! But at least one of these roundhouses has been found between SFI and SFII in Site #2 (photos coming), including its foundations and an oven.
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Area of Excavations 2011 · 2011