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END OF WEEK 7
(May 16 - May 20)

More heavy work on Site #4, and a return to Site #1
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Dodging wind and rain, crews spent most of their effort clearing more of the 3rd & 4th C road ("Temple Ave") in Site #4 down to the Antonine level. Justin mentions a well-preserved Severan roundhouse sandwiched between the 3rd C road and the Antonine levels, sounds good!

Other reports list a nice catalog of fun finds, from legionary stamps on tiles to large bits of glass, samian pottery fragments, an octagonal column base, a knife blade, beads.

Elsewhere, work is ramping back up in Site #1, the northern end of the flagged main N/S roadway of the latest fort. Underneath the 3rd/4th C road is the expected continuation of the Antonine barrack that was found to the south. But as in Site #4, the farther north the dig goes, the less well-preserved the Antonine material. What was nice finished, faced stonework in the south turns to unsquared rubble foundation core to the north. In the western bit of Site #1, crews have begun descending into 3rd Century barrack floors. This northern part of this particular barrack would have been the centurion's quarters. Regular soldiers slept about 8 to a room; centurions got their own private multi-room suite at the end of a barrack block, so lived comparatively well.

(Curiously, the Antonine fort that lay below the latest fort reversed the position of the barracks -- their centurion quarters were placed near the center of the fort, rather than the northern edge.)
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