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END OF WEEK 16
(July 18 - July 22)

This week started with a deluge and much bailing of trenches, but ended with a new vicus trench and excellent early archaeology in some of the deeper trenches within the fort.

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The rains early in the week put a damper on some digging during Week 16. But it seems that the week ended with a bang. Katesf reports digging in the drains on the north side of the main east-west road inside the fort (I think this is the Zone 5s -- correct me if I'm wrong!). Cyan's team worked in Zone 5n, the old centurion's apartment of the 3rd C barrack. They revealed flagstones coming up under the Severan roundhouse that itself lay under the apartment. And just to the east of the roundhouse, they found burning, a ditch, and the beautiful cobbling of a north-south roadway. The level appears Antonine. But that would be strange, because in the Antonine era that was supposed to be another barrack. What's a road doing there, then?? (It wasn't clear, but it appeared that maybe digging had been called off in Zone 2 along the north-south road, so I removed that from the active sites. Can someone confirm?)

The season has progressed so quickly, that a new trench has been opened, #7, out in the vicus to the west of the fort (and sadly far off the carefully cultivated map!). Over the years, most of the 3rd Century vicus west of the fort has been excavated, but this season at least one of the missing sections is getting checked out. So far the turf has been pulled back, revealing some of the roadside aqueduct that brought fresh water to the town from the wells & springs at the far NW of the site. In addition, the large foundation stones of one of the vicus's typical strip houses also seemed to be coming up.
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