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(June 27 - July 1)

Same locations as Week 12, digging down well into the early-mid 2nd Century anaerobic layers.
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Rosie reports diggers working in the same locations as Week 12, digging down well into the preserved anaerobic layers of the early 2nd Century. Reports of laminate bracken floor "carpeting" coming up, which is where so much of Vindolanda's wooden, leather, and cloth items have come from in the past.

WeDigers Ian & Averil posted brilliant photos of a reused altar and a carved lion's head. The altar, with no inscription but with odd geometric and snake-like carvings, was used as the base of a buttress supporting a room at the northern end of Site #5. (The location of the old Centurion's quarters from the 3rd Century; not sure what exactly this late buttressed building was.) The lion's head was made of the same soft sandstone used by the Stone Fort I (Antonine) builders for much of their carved work, and was found reused in a 3rd/4th Century wall.

Rosie also reports areas of burning showing up, as well as hunks of lead. Both suggest workrooms amid the early 2nd Century levels. Whatever was going on, this area would have represented the northeast quadrant of the various early 2nd Century forts. Up to now, almost nothing was known of this area of the early forts, so every spade that goes into the ground is revealing new information. Good stuff.
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Area of Excavations 2011 · 2011