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(May 21 - May 25)

Major trench extensions, an old cobbled road, drains a-plenty, features in the far west, and a massive early wall next to the aqueduct. This is what a sun-filled week can bring!

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Brief word about the new plan. Given feedback, it seemed necessary to zoom in, add detail in places, and simplify in others. Old 7a is now a pool so is gone from the map. 7b & 7c now make a nice simple "7." Short-lived "4d" is now more sensible "5." The plan now includes roads (with the mottled appearance), known ditches (the thin gray lines), and the huge east-west wall that's come up parallel to the aqueduct.

Week 8 brought a first for 2012 -- bright, hot sun and a full work week! And much was done. The area to the south of the aqueduct was extended substantially ("5" on the map), revealing a probably early road running diagonally toward the fort. Between the aqueduct and the road, an earlier set of 3 N/S ditches/culverts was slowly being excavated back (the gray lines on the map). Just north of the aqueduct, the massive early (Antonine?) east-west wall just kept growing. The pro's believe that it runs far to the east, under the visitor's path. What would it have been??

Down in 4b, the two long N/S ditches just west of the later vicus road became easier to see & understand as the ground dried a bit. South of that, 4c was extended southward almost to the visitor path crossroads, and a second road drain was discovered merging with the main drain. The beautiful N/S vicus roadway got its final cleanup and photographs.

To the far west, old areas 7b & c were merged, and a strange circle-ish stone feature emerged next to the rectangular one discovered the week before. The stonework seems quite rough, so probably foundation stones at best?

Reports of finds were limited, though a gorgeous intact blue glass "melon bead" came up.

Looks like a great week. Many thanks to snowglobe and especially sarcanon for tons of great photos, all of which are available here!
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Area of Excavations 2012 · 2012