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Thanks to the awesome pics & stories from Justin, Terry & Pauline, and Pete/snowglobe, an updated unofficial plan from the end of Session 1.

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Session 1 crews did amazing work, revealing what -appears- to be side-by-side centurion's quarters at the northern end of two side-by-side 3rd-Century barrack blocks. (Marked in black, with conjectural dashes for walls that aren't yet obvious from the pics). In the eastern barrack room, diggers found a beautiful flagged floor with huge subsidence in it (brown square in the plan)... It's dipping down into some earlier ditch/hollow/weak spot from an earlier fort. Cool!

To the west of the western barrack, diggers found a nice N/S road/alley with a drain in it. (Road marked in yellow on plan.)

On the west (left) block, a later 4th-Century building was cut right through the 3rd-Century barrack. (The walls, as I understand them, marked in purple.*) This is consistent with what was happening in the barracks in the NW part of the fort that were dug in 2010/2011 -- regular 3rd-C barracks with irregular 4th-C buildings on top.

Then, at the far east side, a very late (5th-C??) crude north-south wall was found near the eastern fort wall, built into what would have been the clay rampart backing the fort wall. (Marked in red.)

(Please keep in mind, this is an unofficial back-of-the-envelope interpretation of the finds. For digger orientation & good fun only. Check out the official Vindolanda blog for official posts & great update videos!)


* There is another 4th C building that's also been found. I'm confused in the pics about where exactly it is, so haven't shown it.
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