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mooseandhobbes
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Hi All,

First... I said that the orange clay was not the natural, but I may have Ďmisspokení. Andy gave a round-up this afternoon and it seems that the site has been terraced, in order to take account of the slope, and that the orange clay is the natural, but in others itís been re-deposited over earlier occupation levels and then built on. Iím sure that Andy will correct that if Iíve got it completely wrong, but it make sense of the occupation levels under the, apparently, natural clay.

Picture 1 shows the Ďnaturalí but in the trench at the far end you can see it on top of earlier, pre-Hadrianic, occupation levels.

Hi Paul, all the slots in the orange clay are basically drainage gullies, to help them cope with all those $*!- springs, I guess. Itís all going to be backfilled to protect the archaeology until the next time (whenever that may be).

Weíve had pretty good weather this week (pic 2 is from this morning), with just a sprinkling of rain at the end of today, which didnít deter us in the slightest. Today has been a shoe-fest. Andy and Kate were having trouble keeping up with all the finds, also including stamped samian, a couple of wooden combs, leather tent panels, a couple of stylus tablets and a bung for something like a barrel, half a a quern stone, a lovely flagon neck and a plastererís palette!

And finally, this is a warning, pic 3 shows what happens when there's a draw in the Tuesday quiz. It involved bananas. You have been warned.

Well, thatís 2012. Roll on 2013.



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Week 22 · 2012