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(May 9 - May 13)

This week was all Site #4 -- "Temple Avenue."
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** Note: I've tightened up Site 4 to stay within the bounds of the 3rd/4th C roadways. And I've also squeezed the western two barracks down a bit. After being on site I can see that "Temple Ave" is bigger & more prominent than I'd been drawing it. **

The goal was to take out the 4th & 3rd C road surfaces, to see the late 2nd C (Antonine) level below. Andy & Justin expected there to be another Antonine barrack hidden under it -- a mirror image of the barrack to the east.

But as the week went on, it became clear that things weren’t going to be so easy. A lot of strange things popped up. At the far northern bit of the road, we came down on a layer of heavy burning, and some unfaced stones. Just south of that, we hit a 4ft x 4ft section of beautiful flagstone flooring, which might be Severan and still might lie on top of the Antonine barrack, if it’s there. A bit further south, Pete looked like he’d found proper Antonine barrack wall. But after another day or so of digging it looked much less clean & straight. Further south still, Jeff’s crew came down on some very odd stonework that looked like a T-junction for a drain. Again probably Severan, and no sign yet of the Antonine wall.

So the ground under the 3rd/4th C roadways is full of mysteries, most of them truncated, or bashed up, or otherwise really hard to figure out. Still, it was a good week. If you knew what you were going to find, there’d be no point digging. Week 7 will continue the work in trying to get down to Antonine levels, and then hopefully something will start coming up that makes sense!
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