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Granary Excavation continuing...
Topic Started: May 10 2008, 04:26 AM (2,348 Views)
Andy
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Hey all,

As it gets to be a bit much when we keep adding week this and week that, this is now going to be the place for regular up-dates and photo's about the granary site.

Some general comments.

Two granaries, one for grain, the other for everything else (at least that is the way they have been constrcted).

The most westerly granary has a 5th/6th century house built into it's southern end, a house that may have been occupied up to the 9th century, based on the artefacts that have been recovered thus far. Also, the granary house has a christian cross carved into it's floor, next to the letters IT. Any thoughts welcome on this one. The grain granary next door also has 6 crosses (not X but +) carved into one section of it's western wall, and we hope that by the 15th of May we will have a post Roman house or structure in this building as well.

Finds this week have included a rather nice gaming board made from stone.

That's all the news so far.

best,

Andy
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Andy
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Team Photo's

week 6

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Andy
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Team 7

There are a lot of team 7, Justin was off this week due ot a nasty virus, so his crew joined our own to make a single team Vindolanda for that week. Many thanks to everyone along this week, the weather was good, and we achieved a great deal.

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Andy
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Trench inspection,

Robin Birley pops in to see how the teams are getting along. Int he foreground the road continues to be uncovered to the south of the most westerly granary, and in the middle of this is a huge drain.

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Kate
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Impressive!
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MBetz
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Great pictures, Kate. Thanks for sharing. The last picture is especially impressive showing some really well done Roman building and road construction.
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Andy
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week 12 gang
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Andy
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The work continues, we are over half way there.
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Extraordinary. The new cobbled floor overlaying the original granary floor is just so clear. Even -I- can't miss it!

On the southern 1/3 of the granary, I see the partition wall. But is that all demolition debris behind it? Or yet another floor?
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Andy
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Hi Harry,

Behind the cross wall in the western granary is another raised floor, set on to a mixed rubbled and concrete base and raise on stones. The floor is incredibly heavy, heavier than the original granary floor. Date - 5th -9th century.

Andy
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Possible use through the 9th century?? That's astounding. I mean, seriously cool. I know Birdoswald lingered for maybe a hundred years after the Romans went bye-bye. But is there anything else on the Wall/Stanegate that shows life going on for possibly four centuries?

You guys just keep getting more interesting every year.
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More photo's of various gangs of gallant excavators...
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week starting the 22nd of June. A wet week.
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