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Topic Started: Aug 16 2007, 04:16 PM (2,064 Views)
MBetz
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Hey all you volunteers, where are the pictures of the dig from when you were there? How about a few shots of each area to see how they have developed in the last few weeks. Come on you second half volunteers, get crackin' on those pictures. And add in how the dig went for you. Did you find what you were looking for?! There has to be more writing tablets discovered in the last 6-8 weeks. How about any inscriptions or cool pottery decoration? Give a "Colonist" some love!
Matt
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Andy
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Hi Matt,

I try and try to encourage them, but they are very shy our excavators. Still, give me a couple of days and I'll get some pics up for you. Incidently, the fort wall north turn (Antonine) has been completely destroyed (thus far) by our Roman friends north of where we left it when you were here. Also, we are up to 16 tablets this year, two have potential to be crackers, one with possible ink writing on a wax tablet, the other the pen has gone through the wax and inscribed the tablet below in a beautiful script on two sides of the document. All Antonine thus far, so this is great if we can get something off them.

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Andy
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MBetz
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Thanks, Andy. I know its tough to get those volunteers to part with their prize pictures! That's great about the tablets. I can't wait to read the report and see what juicy bits the Romans left behind. Maybe one day there will be a Vindolanda soap opera or tv movie series!
Matt
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Ooh! Antonine tablets? That -is- cool! Am I right that we don't yet completely know what was going on at Hadrian's Wall during the time that the frontier had been moved up to the Antonine Wall? How fantastic if these tablets can shed some light on that!

And more power to whoever gets the task of reading the incised wax tablet. Since those things tend to get reused there might be multiple layers of text cut into it, right? Yikes.

And I'm with Matt. Can't wait to see some pics, hear some stories, see some real life on these pages!

- Harry
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David Ingham
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As requested, here are some photos from near the end of the season. You can see why Justin's having a 2 week break from his trench!

David
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I'm looking forward to reading what Justin makes of these ditches in his report.
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David Ingham
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The eagle-eyed amongst you might spot the cement mixer in the background - the temples from 2005/6 are now consolidated and ready to withstand the Northumberland weather and next year's school parties. At least Trench B has saved the Trust some money on consolidation this year - just this one small mausoleum.
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So much for Trench B in 2007 - oh well.
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MBetz
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Thanks, David. Much appreciated. The well in your last picture, where was that within the larger Area B picture? Is it on the west edge near the stone and wire fence?
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Hi David any idea what the diameter of the well is? Oh and hi Matt, how is the American JCB? :D
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David Ingham
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Hi Bryan. From memory (and using the field drains as a scale) the stone-lined well is about 1.2m in diameter internally. The other two holes you can see in the picture are also wells - the one at the back had been lined with some huge stone slabs, but none of the three produced much in the way of finds.

Hi Matt - you're right about the location, they're at the western edge of the main area in Trench B. Just south of where you ended up digging - so close!

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Andy
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The cobbled road outside the western fort wall. efectively a ring road. This is the last trench area of the 2007 season for area A.
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Andy
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The cobbled road and ditch gang, a good looking bunch of course! See if you can spot 'Laura the Great' on this pic, (Laura the Great, good grief ed).
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Andy
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Site 29, the vicus floor has been removed, as has the floor of the military worksho below so that the excavators can get into the underlying Antonine fort ditches. This proves to be both good and bad. Good because we recovered a lot of data from the ditch including Animal bones, pottery, 120 shoes and 16 tablets, bad, because the water never stopped flowing in. Here we have some of the excellent dicth digging crew, all ready to go! Esther looking menacing with that pickaxe, as usual... Faith and Joy getting out of her way.
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More of 29, this time the southern section which was dropped down 4m below the vicus road.
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