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I've been watching & enjoying the season unfold. The archaeology coming up is just crazy! What's clear is that the southeast section of Vindolanda was a -hive- of activity for hundreds of years, including well after the end of the Roman era. And there's so many layers sandwiched on top of each other! Hat's off to Andy, Justin, and everyone dedicated to making sense of it all.

I've hesitated to put up any kind of site plan because of the complexity. But after 10 weeks it seemed a good idea to update. If only to get a few ideas & questions going.

So, here's what I'm understanding from the great official video blogs as well as WeDig'ers characteristically awesome photos/updates.

*** Again, major disclaimer -- this is unofficial. This is a layman having fun & trying to make a little sense of on-the-ground stuff to help orient diggers ***

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There are many, many layers sandwiched on top of each other.

Earliest are the walls in black, and the yellow roadways. Those seem, according to Justin et al, to be 3rd Century walls, built when Stone Fort II was first raised in AD 213. Instead of running north-south like all other 3rd C Vindolanda buildings, these are pretty clearly running east-west. What are they? Time will tell.

On top of the 3rd C material lie the huge east-west 4th C building(s), with walls in purple, and areas of flagstones also in lighter purple. It seems that the 3rd C buildings were pretty well annihilated when the 4th C ones were put up. This area of the fort changed significantly from 3rd to 4th.

The walls marked in blue are my big question mark. These represent some of the highest-standing walls found so far this year, and thus were probably among the latest/most recently-used structures. But I'm confused from the blogs, etc. whether these are supposed to be part of the HUGE east-west 4th C building, or if they're a later 4th C building put up inside the footprint of the early-4th C building. Or if they're post-Roman. Anyone have insight??

Beyond the blue walls, the north-south wall in red, and the patch of light red flagstone south of it, are clearly post-Roman work. They lie on top of what had been the intervallum road just inside the fort's eastern wall. Andy suggests in a video maybe as late as the 6th C. From Justin's latest video, the flagstone sits clearly way above the 4th C material, making it probably much later.

The brown patch is the huge robber trench that destroyed such a wide swath of the late material. :(

OK. So that's what I'm seeing. Please, tell me what's right & wrong. What's known & not. This is an exciting year!
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