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Week Five--The odd picture

Smack in the middle of the Antonine road is a gigantic, irregular boulder. It could serve no useful purpose that any of us could imagine. Why it was hauled with no small effort into the fort and dropped in the middle of things makes no sense. It is not as if it got pushed around by later plowing, not with that size and at that depth. The team working on it dubbed it "the monster" and seem to have developed some mixture of affection and loathing for it. A vamping pose by a day five digger......

As to the second image, well, what can I say. Pete found a slab of stone that he first felt was a perfect relief map of the African continent. Then on reflection, perhaps recalling that the Romans did not know the topography of anything but the northern third, he came up with an alternative interpretation of the artifact.

I present Petrus Africanus, exotic dancer.

T.Wolter
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week five daily reports · 2011