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END OF WEEK 19
(Aug 8 - Aug 12)

A very wet & truncated week! Yet a few dry patches in-between showers, as diggers worked on late 3rd C buildings in the vicus and chased the early 2nd C fort ditch within the main fort.

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Thanks to TerryS, PaulineM, and MickArchaeology for great updates this week, despite the weather. The early 2nd Century northern fort ditch, found under the 3rd C centurion's apartment (area 5n), is coming up well. It is in great condition, with discarded wicker fencing, laminate flooring, and other organics coming out of it. The turf blocks making up the north rampart wall behind the ditch were also found. (Still not sure if this is Period III or Period IV fort wall. Maybe the same wall/ditch was reused from Period III to IV in this area?) As parts of the site were slowly being backfilled, crews were set to work chasing the early ditch to the east, back in area 1. Unsure how close the crews in area 1 are to the ditch level.

Out in the vicus, west of the bath house, crews found more of the stone-capped water channel running along the main vicus road. Behind the channel, the remains of a rectangular (?) vicus building have shown up, as well as an enigmatic wall. The rectangular building appears well-laid. The wall is quite rough. More answers lead to more questions, as always!

All in all, a wet & frustrating week, but also trenches that are now down onto some remarkable material.
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