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AREA B - Early findings
Topic Started: Apr 1 2008, 11:06 AM (820 Views)
Justin
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Well I know that a few of you will be desparate to know what is happening early doors, so this is a quick post to let you know that we are off to a good start already.

We have at least two different periods defined by two separate walls and a nicely cobbled road surface. There seems to have been a lot of post-Roman ploughing, which has damaged parts of the Roman features, but enough has survived to see what had been going on.

One of the walls is certainly the western wall of the nice courtyard house CXIV that Andrew's team first uncovered in 2005. (page 14 in the 2005 report with the brown cover) It appears to have had a well-laid cobbled roadway on its west side and there is a possibility that we now have the next building to the west as well. A legionary tile stamp [LEG I...?] came off this roadway, but being broken at the crucial point, didn't help much.

The second wall is later in date and over 1m wide. Its purpose is a mystery as yet, but more work on it will help in the coming weeks.

The photo shows the west wall of building CXIV and some of the cobbles on the roadway outside.

We are certainly up and running, and if things keep going like this, it will be a very good five year programme! All we need now is some better weather. The snow has now turned to rain and I'm really not sure if it is an improvement or not!
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Justin
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Well one building has now become three, but in typical Vindolanda fashion, what looked to be a straight forward wall from last week (the 1m wide one from my last post above) just suddenly disappeared. Maybe the north wind was bringing in sleet and snow then as well and the builder's took off to the pub without finishing! :P

3 pottery gaming counters off the floor of one of the new buildings surely identifies it as a casino! ;) although a large amount of burning and some metal slag could indicate a more likely, but much less fun, workshop.

Photos to come when I'm back from my hols.
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Justin
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Proper progress is now being made! We have pretty much a mirror image of the east side of Andrew's building CXIV from a few years ago, i.e a nice drain stuffed full of junk, then a north-south running roadway. On the other side of the road is a small building, which although badly plough damaged looks to have been a workshop judging by the amount of burning, clinker etc lying on the floor. One or two artefacts have appeared to suggest at least a female presence close to the area too. So things are looking promising for an interesting few weeks to come!
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This is the W wall of building CXIV (a posh house) with the drain running down the outside.
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The possible workshop over the street from CXIV.
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Nice to hear you made it home ok Tim. Even better was that you had such good weather for walking. That has to have helped your cause with your wife to wangle a couple of weeks next year right? :P Hope to see you again.
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Justin
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First off - great photos everyone, keep them coming and thanks to all who have helped me out with the post here of what has been going on in area B.

Well our famous 'roundhouse' is now looking more like an apse forming one side of the industrial workshop. With the find of the lead brooch (surely a mould blank) is this what they had been making in there?!? Lots of clinker all over the floor and chunks of metal slag too.

You can always tell at tea break who has been working on the workshop as they look like Victorian chimney sweeps with black hand marks all over their faces! :P

Elsewhere, it looks like much of the far west of the area has been really whacked by the plough and there appears to be a lack of stone buildings in the west of our patch. Has the end of the 3rd C vicus now been established? A little more work to do, but it is looking likely.

Anyway, here is a picture showing the area just outside the 'apse' being cleaned up. More to follow as new evidence emerges..........
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