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(May 14 - May 18)

A full week of digging! New trenches, new walls, and a top-tier find.

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First, a little catch-up on site numbering. I never know how the year will progress, so numbering systems that start great may, well, fail later on. I know this one's not the best. Still, the idea is to be able to relate an area-ish of the site with descriptions/pictures of what's being found. And I think this system still works for that. So:

* 4a is the aqueduct, the whole north & NW of it, and the immediate south.
* 4b is the area of the N/S road and the side-by-side N/S ditches.
* 4c blessedly is still self-contained.
* 4d is the area to the south / SW of the aqueduct.

Obviously the borders of these are open to interpretation and kind of fluid. But it's at least an idea.

So, Week 7. During this week, the beautiful north/south roadway was largely left alone, with activity shifting further west. Immediately west, in 4b crews worked to define the edge of the road and drop into the confusing earlier multiple N/S ditches next to it. The lower levels were black & gloopy, but sadly few well-preserved finds were coming out. In the NE corner of 4a, more crews worked to trace the northern run of the same ditches.

Also in 4a, immediately north of the aqueduct an earlier substantial wall began to show up. Period unknown, and relation to both aqueduct and the (presumably earlier) ditch it sat in also unknown.

Much work was done on the southern end of 4a, with crews tracing ephemeral features. Not many finds coming up, except for the beginnings of a cobbled surface where 4a and 4d meet.

New trenches (7a-c) were opened at the far west, trying to trace the path of the vicus aqueduct and find the ultimate source. However, instead it was discovered that parts of this path had already been excavated in the past (probably the 1930s), with nothing recorded. Though the water source wasn't found, the immense amount of groundwater did quickly turn 7a into a bathtub, and efforts shifted to 7b & c. By the end of the week, vaguely rectilinear stonework was peeking out of the western corner of 7c, though it looked like foundation stones at best.

Finds this week were relatively few, but included an animal-footprint-stamped tile, samian pottery, glass bead, chunks of lead, cooking pot bits, a coin, part of a bottle top from the 1920s/30s, an intact horse skull, the bottom of an amphora, and.... the first writing tablet of the 2012 season! A very thick piece of wood, not standard writing tablet fare. But reports from the conservation lab said "visible writing seen"!

So it sounds like a good week. Huge thanks to Badger for the pics & updates, all of which can be seen at the Week 7 page.
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