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(July 11 - July 15)

After a brief intermission, the weekly updates are back. Week 15 (and Week 14) have focused on 3 main areas: the southern part of Temple Avenue, extending into the barracks, labeled Zone 4/5s(outh); the centurion's apartment in the barrack just west of Temple Avenue, labeled Zone 5n(orth); and an examination of the deep levels under the late fort's main north-south roadway, Zone 2.

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Many thanks to el kevano for great pics and a fab update of the past two weeks of digging. Work is progressing in three areas, down into the mid-2nd century layers, and probably even into the early 2nd Century. The southern portion of Temple Avenue (Zone 4/5s) has been taken well back into the 2nd century, with the smell of anaerobic layers, many stains of wooden beams, and a ton of still very confusing archaeology coming up. The area of the 3rd C centurion's apartment (Zone 5n) is also being taken down to the mid/early 2nd Century layers. It is also a jumble of periods & features. But it seems just possible that the northern intervallum roadway of the Period VI early-Antonine fort may be showing up. This fort would have been laid out in about the same dimensions as the visible 3rd/4th C fort, but was originally built of wood, probably in the AD 140s. Finding the northern road that butted up against the northern wall would help give really good evidence for the layout of that mysterious period.

Zone 2 has been chock-a-bloc as well. Just under the turf, this area was the 3rd/4th Century north-south road. Beneath that lay an Antonine (late 2nd C) period barrack. That barrack had its centurion's quarters at the southern end rather than the north as was done with the later 3rd C barrack. In the past two weeks, many layers of flooring from that centurion's quarters have come up, and the diggers have started getting below the late 2nd C on down into the mid-early 2nd C.

Justin's tweets describe posts and the stains in the ground of what would have been wooden sleeper beams for pre-Hadrianic forts, mostly likely periods III or IV. El kevano's pictures & update show all sorts of tantalizing pits, stains, walls, patches of rubble, Severan stonework, etc.

So at the end of Week 15 there are now no less than 7 (maybe more) different occupation periods exposed at various points of the current excavation. They date from the late 4th Century (Period IX) all the way back to the early 2nd (probably Period III). More power to anyone tasked with making sense of the jumble for the final report!
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