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END of WEEK 10
(June 4 - June 8)

Rain, puddles, midges, a beaten-up stone cistern, ditches, cobbling, and drains
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(Wider shot to put location in context here)

Week 10 saw the breakup of diggers between the main site (in the plan above) and the North Field across the Stanegate (not in the plan).

In the main site, diggers continued to trowel back the multiple N/S drains/culverts in area 5 on the plan. The SW corner of area 5 revealed a rubbly line of unfaced stones running NE/SW. Excavation continued in the very deep & gloopy levels of 4b to study the large defensive N/S ditch (ditches?). And down at 4c, outside the SE corner of the storehouse known officially as "Site XI," diggers uncovered what appears to be the bashed-up remains of a cistern or water tank. Not clear if the two were in use at the same time?

On the west of the main site, areas 7/8 got more attention, spreading ever wider to follow features & search for the springs that fed the Roman aqueducts. A rather rough-looking drain (or drains) appeared in the middle of the large trench, running vaguely E-W.

Across the Stanegate, students from University of Western Ontario joined volunteers to begin excavating the North Field, following features first noticed from aerial photos and geophysical surveys. Areas of cobbling, apparent drains/ditches, and odd assortments of stone started appearing in the ground. This area saw much activity in the 19th Century, and early finds were peppered with Victorian pottery among Roman work. A great overview of the work going on in the North Field can be found at the Western Classical Studies blog.

Many thanks this week to Terry S for great photos & background on what was happening in the trenches!
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