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(May 28 - June 1)

Another productive week. An enigmatic wall defined. Drains/culverts worked back & back. A new road surface found by the Romano-Celtic temple out west. Another new trench put in. And the North Field opened for business!

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Week 9 saw all kinds of activity around the ever-growing excavation area. Diggers expanded zone 5 southward, removing the angled road to follow an earlier series of 3 (at least?) parallel N/S drains/culverts beneath, trying to make sense of them. The sides are coming up beautifully, but finds proved limited. Always an enigma, one drain sank down & down, others ran back into the baulk, and an area of cobbling seemed to stand alone in the midst of natural clay banks.

In 4a, diggers defined the massive presumed-Antonine E/W wall just next to the later aqueduct. It's proving a very impressive bit of stonework. And in a place where it doesn't belong!

In 4b, the deepest levels still lay underwater, but diggers worked to define & examine the higher, drier N/S ditches. Meanwhile, to the west, zone 7 was expanded significantly, and a rough (or roughly preserved) SW/NE road with drain started taking shape. Just south of 7, a brand new trench, 8, was opened. Early days, though first photos show what appear to be randomly strewn boulders and little distinguishable archaeology.

And across the Stanegate, heavy equipment took back the turf of a new trench in the North Field (not pictured on map). No word of what, if anything, the first week there brought for features or finds.

A rainoff on Thursday, but beyond that a very busy week. In an increasingly large & typically confused/confusing part of Vindolanda. Very many thanks to bishpt for the photos & commentary throughout the week, all of which can be seen here.

EDIT, 4 June: A nice update from LouisaJones describes the huge & early perimeter ditch in 4b that runs N/S and seems to be curving eastward near the later aqueduct. She reports fragments of fine glassware, a tent panel, an intact shoe sole, and a stamped & very datable large piece of samian plate! Stamps & inscriptions on samian are an excellent way to pin down the date a ditch was in use, so a great find!

EDIT 5, June: Great set of pics from GrahamShrimpton detailing the work in area 7, including excavation of the cobbled road and its south-side drain. As well as what appears to be maybe a collapsed wall peeking out of the western edge of the trench. Work in area 7 is trying to trace the long-sought spring that was (and still is) the source of Vindolanda's huge amounts of groundwater
Edited by SacoHarry, Jun 5 2012, 07:33 AM.
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