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Week One; Andy's Mob
Topic Started: Mar 29 2008, 07:51 AM (1,569 Views)
NicC
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It started at the Twicey, like this...
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I had to drive it in countryside like this...
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fortunately the roads were like this...
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I failed to take a baseline photo-set so you will have to rely on Andy's promised post of his exploratory trench. Also I only took pix of the part of the trench I was working on which was the alleyway between the 2 granaries. However, by the end of day 1 Andy decided that the eastern-most granary was not a granary at all as the wall that he eventually managed to expose was not buttressed. This pic shows the progress we made in the alley - we exposed from the first buttress up to the second.
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Day 2: we dug a bit deeper and exposed a few more courses of masonry and also expanded to the west to get the full width of the granary wall.
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Day 3: We widened our trench to incorporate the not-a-granary wall and progressed exposure of the granary wall.
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Day 4: We dug down while Andy dug west to expose the granary floor. We took our level as the chamfer (MS Word spelling - we think champher in English but can anyone enlighten us?) on the wall - looks good.
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Day 5: Rain - yuk. pot washing was followed by an early lunch followed by only 2 hours of digging before we had a tour of the lab and a peek at Justin's area. Only 2 hours means we did not achieve all that much but here is what the week 2 guys will be looking at tomorrow morning just after 10 am (if they remembered to put their time-pieces forward 1 hour!)
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And finally...my nicely exposed buttress. Come the 13th of April I shall see what the next 2 week's human JCBs achieve. (I have more photies but this 1 pic per post is a pain! Anyone wants them (about 20 in all) just ask and I will email them.)
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Wow!

These are brilliant! Talk about quick return-on-investment, no? And what an appetite-whetter. The bit of floor you've exposed also looks beautiful; nice to see it still there. Any sign yet of an underfloor ventilation system like at Corbridge?

And I love the chamfering! (Merriam-Webster online also shows "f" and not "ph", so that's where my money is.) I'd never seen that before in any of the granaries that are exposed along the Wall. Beautiful piece of work, that.

Thanks a ton, Nic, for the post and for kicking off the season here on the forum. Hope this is the start of many great things! But please, no more snow! Here in Maine we've just endured our 22nd snow/sleet/ice storm of the season yesterday, and more of the evil flakes are falling today. Curse them.

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Hi all team week one members.

Thank you all for your incredible efforts this past week in some truely challenging weather conditions. Despite this we achieved a great deal and learned a lot about the site in a short period of time.

1. we only seem to have one granary, the other building is impressive and at present remains a mystery, more to follow......... whats more, the other building has been demolished beofre the granary fell over its demolished remains.

2. the floor in the granary survived in patches and the underfloor is made up of columns in hypercaust style, thus far.

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Andy

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more pics...

week one crew hard at work....the olnly way to stop from freezing on the spot.
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a pain, but it does frame the site nicely.....
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storm clouds gathering... but held off thankfully.
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Fantastic Pics and update Nic and Andy, and even though it looks freezing you all made a great start to 2008. You have had more snow than us in Scotland! Hope it warms up for everyone soon, and there is nothing like a 'mystery building' to keep us interested. Don't solve all the mysteries by July though! Keep us guessing.
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