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SacoHarry
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END OF WEEK 1
(April 2 - April 6)

Out of town & behind on posting this since the dig's already into Week 3 now! But I wanted to get at least a skeleton online.

Week 1 opened with cleaning & much deturfing of the vicus area that was excavated in the late weeks of the 2011 season. A lot of volunteers hit various areas all around the area:

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The thick black line in the center of the trench #s is an Antonine (late 2nd C, Period VI and/or VI-A) defensive wall. The main Antonine fort sat almost exactly where the currently visible (3rd/4th C) fort sits. But it had an annex added to its NW section at some point, and this formidable buff-sandstone wall foundation shows that it meant business.

The thick grey line just to the west of this wall is a ditch, probably from the early 2nd C (western defensive ditch of Period III??).

Both the wall & ditch were leveled & long-forgotten by the time the civilian town -- the 3rd C vicus -- was laid out and settled. Most of the Roman finds of the 1st week seem related to this 3rd C settlement. The trenches uncovered late pottery, rotted iron, sections of flagging & cobbling. A promising start on one of the more confusing & complicated parts of the whole of Vindolanda.
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