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SacoHarry
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More week-by-week catchup.

END of WEEK 4
(April 23 - April 27)

Bulldozers and backhoes to start the week and open up many new swaths of land to the west of the visitors' path (areas 4a, b, c). Continued work to the east at 1a & 1b. A lot of wet weather to contend with, but much progress.

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The week began with mechanical excavators removing large sections of turf, including a huge area just to the east of the large vicus storehouse known on-site as "Site XI." Once diggers got into it, "4c" on the plan above, they quickly revealed the southward continuation of the excellent north-south roadway discovered in 4b.

Area 4a was lengthened, and diggers spent much time dropping down slightly into early vicus layers, uncovering cobbled surfaces, many earlier beam slots, and various ditches & features from the 2nd Century occupation. South of the vicus aqueduct in 4a, evidence emerged of a wide north-south ditch; and immediately underneath the aqueduct was a well-laid stone causeway running over the ditch. (The aqueduct was laid directly on top of this earlier causeway, obviously looking for the most level, solid ground.) Ditch & causeway probably from the Severan period, which came immediately before the Gauls arrived and built the vicus.

To the east, there was some excitement at the eastern edge of 1b, where just outside the 3rd Century bath house the base plinth to an altar was found in situ. Sadly the altar was long gone. But much work continued in 1a and 1b exposing circular features, areas of cobbling, and wall remnants.

A wet week with the dig called off frequently, but much done. Big thanks again to maryb_10 for the pictures and site reports, which you can read here!
Edited by SacoHarry, May 17 2012, 06:20 AM.
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