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2008-2012 seasons; A new SMC, and a new era of research
Topic Started: Aug 27 2007, 11:25 AM (783 Views)
Andy
Dr Andrew Robin Birley
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Dear wedigvindolanda members,

I am pleased to inform you all that the SMC (scheduled monument consent) has arrived for the 2008-2012 seasons. This is excellent news on many fronts, firstly, it secures the immediate future of the research on the site, and as such offers a wonderful oppertunity for people to experience archaeology at a Roman military site like Vindolanda. The scope of the project is far reaching, with work in both intra and extramural areas, as well as some very significant research in the field to the north of the site during the period proposed. Further details will follow on specific elements of the brief in due course, nearer the time of the exavation applications going live for 2008. The applications are due to open on the 1st of November as planned, and if there is any movement from that date I will inform the forum asap, although I don't anticipate any problems with the web site server this time around (touch wood!).

all of the best,

Andrew Birley
Director of Excavations
The Vindolanda Trust
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Andy
Dr Andrew Robin Birley
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For those of you who are familiar with the site, the 2008-2012 excavation work will tansform the look of Vindolanda. So the following pictures show the areas that will be explored as they look today, the last hurra for the Vindolanda lawn..

Here is the site of where we expect to find the granaries, looking from south to north with the fort wall on the west and the HQB on the east.
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Andy
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The same area looking from the other direction, north to south...
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Andy
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Following on from the granary excavations, the NW quadrant of the fort over the following 4 years. Here is how it looks at present.
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Andy
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Of course, I will be looking forward to people volunteering for de-turfing duties next year. :D
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Andy
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And for those of you who worked so hard on the fort ramparts in 2005 and 2006, here is the finished article (well it will be when all of the grass grows back). The path has now been laid next to the fort wall and the consolidation is finished. You can now get direct access to this very fine section of wall. The area around Justin's Temples has also been landscaped (onsolidation completed) and we expect to open that up as soon as the grass takes hold...pictures to follow of this area from either Justin or myself.

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Andy
Dr Andrew Robin Birley
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Granary Found..

South Eastern wall of the first of what we hope are two granaries has been found and uncovered at Vindolanda. Trial trenching has taken place over the last couple of days in preperation for the main season kicking off in two weeks time, and during this work the very fine masonry from the south eastern corner, including two buttresses came to light. Initial work suggests that at least some of the flagged floor of the building remains intact. Pictures to follow.
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