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Viewing Single Post From: Area of Excavations 2011
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(Aug 1 - Aug 5)

A wet & truncated week, with activity mostly in Site #2 (the 2nd Century levels below the 3rd-4th C north-south road) and Site #5n (the 2nd C levels below the 3rd C centurion's quarters at the NW corner of Temple Avenue).
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Week 18 saw downpours on Tuesday and Thursday, and a sick Justin for some other bits of the week. Nonetheless, crews worked hard when & as possible on a scaled-down site. It seems that one base of activity was the deep, gloopy levels under the old centurion's quarters at the NW end of Temple Avenue. Justin has confirmed that the ditch running east-west through that trench is in fact one of the early fort ditches. For reference, take a quick look at Period II and Period IV. These two early wooden Vindolandas were laid out at a different angle to the visible stone fort. Their northern walls ran through the middle of the later fort, but up to now their exact location was iffy. Finding this large, well-preserved ditch has been a real prize this year!

Many thanks to Sue Monro for coming back from a bad burn to dig Week 18 and put up some great photos & story. Sue reports her team working across the mid-early 2nd Century layers in Site 2, uncovering a ton of slag -- more evidence of more metalworking. Sometimes it seems that everybody's back room at Vindolanda was a workshop. Self-sufficiency ruled the day.

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Area of Excavations 2011 · 2011