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Topic Started: Aug 16 2007, 04:16 PM (2,147 Views)
Andy
Dr Andrew Robin Birley
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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.

best,

Andy
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Andy
Dr Andrew Robin Birley
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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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Andy
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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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Andy
Dr Andrew Robin Birley
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another picture, same side...
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Andy
Dr Andrew Robin Birley
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Water has sometimes been an issue this season. Infact, this year was the wettest in the UK since official records began. Not a good year to be digging a deep trench into a fort ditch system as it so happened.... Of course, we let the excavators out before the water got this high...at least that is how I remember it. :-)
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Andy
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3 water pumps later and we can get back into the trenches. A picture here of a fine young man getting his hands dirty.
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Andy
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Here is why it was worth it. Clear stratigraphy on the the site showing the relationships between the material from the last three fort construction periods at Vindolanda. On the top, large extramural stone foundations for site 29 (bar, shop, house) large blocks to support an essentially timber superstructure. Below, a very different type of construction, the wall of a military workshop inside the Severan fort at Vindolanda. Beneath that, the black material which is oxygen free, anaerobic Antonine fort ditch material from Vindolanda.
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Andy
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Pictures of the last week on area A excavations. Next to the fort wall a rubble burm, and beyond that, beneath the rubble roadway outside the vicus workshops, the start of a large Antonine ditch, which produced c15 shoes a day, a couple of wooden combs and a huge amount of animal bone including two dogs, a goat, and over 16 complete or partial cattle skulls.
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Andy
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The second last team photo
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Andy
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The last team of 2007 for area A. Thanks to everyone for their help, support and super human effort this year.
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