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SacoHarry
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The weekly-updated "Area of Excavations" page was a hit in 2011, so it makes its return for '12!

The area marked in blue below is the zone that was being excavated at the end of 2011, which I believe is the starting point for '12.
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The dig will be focusing on the vicus -- the civilian settlement that lay to the west of the visible fort. The vicus is almost entirely 3rd Century. It seems to have sprung up as the IV Gauls set up shop in about AD 213. (They're the ones who built the fort-proper that is on display today.) It thrived through most of the 3rd C, but seems to have dwindled as the century came to a close. By AD 300 it was almost thoroughly demolished/out of use -- even though the fort itself continued on.

If trenches get deeper than vicus layers, the picture may include parts of the weirdly-shaped early 3rd C Severan fort; late 2nd C military annexes; and even parts of the large early 2nd C forts-proper. Preservation is usually good once down a meter or so, so fencing, timber posts, and the like may be seeing the light of day again this year.

Any & all updates, pictures, & advice from WeDig'ers about where you're digging and what you're finding are appreciated. They'll go into keeping this guide accurate & up-to-date as the season goes on.

Happy digging!
Edited by SacoHarry, Mar 31 2012, 02:54 PM.
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