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Week One; Andy's Mob
Topic Started: Mar 29 2008, 07:51 AM (1,513 Views)
MBetz
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Well done Nic! Great photos from you and Andy. A mystery building already. I don't know if I will be able to handle weekly updates!
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Hi everyone!
Just about thawed out after week one.
Here a couple more photos for you to peruse - Jo and i were working on an area that should have been something of a mirror image of where Nic was, but didn't actually fulfil this at all!
Here is Allendale, 3am Sunday 23rd March 2008. As we were staying in a cottage at the bottom of a rather steeply sloped valley with no phone reception we were a bit worried that we might not actually make it in on the first day at all, and were contemplating sending smoke signals!
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Fortunately the road cleared, and Andy wasn't going to let a bit of snow get in the way or archaeology!
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Paved road alongside granary.
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On Tuesday it was so cold that the fountain froze!
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Heavy rain overnight on Wednesday left the trip to the spoil heap/swamp treacharous, so digging came to an abrupt halt until a short session after lunch. At least it gave us an opportunity to get some of the pot washed from week one!
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More floor and a rather large stone, something to do with the hypocaust according to Andy. Sorry, I'm a music teacher and I don't really get all the technical stuff! Andy, can you help me out here?! :blink:
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Finally, I have to admit to being inordinately proud of my phallus!!!! :lol:
(Its the one on the right in the photo - the left is a whetstone).
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Well done everybody things are looking good. Hope nobody got frostbite? Wish we had some snow it always makes the landscape look even more picturesque.
Keep up the good work. Us JCBs are getting in training for later in the year
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Mug shots,

the crew from week one, heroes all due to their working in some terrible conditions.

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Picture of the first granary

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Edition of the one granary theory....

newsflash....

we can now confirm that the second building did indeed start out life as a granary as well. As the excavation progressed on Sunday/ Monday it became clear that it's buttress had been demolished and replaced by a normal wall, but was surviving at an earlier level, thus confirming its use as a granary in it's primary phase....

more to follow....


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Another pic of granary one wall, under excavation....


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Beyond the granaries...

The corner of the granary is on the right and a trench showing where the wall would continue if someone hadn't nicked it.

You can see a road beyond made up of very large flagstones and rubble in the middle of the picture, presumably from a collapsed wall.
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Under the rubble we have found a flagged surface that has collapsed into a hole. Maybe a well?

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