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Topic Started: Mar 20 2009, 12:22 PM (3,529 Views)
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Week 1.

What fantastic weather for the first week. T shirt and shorts (I'm honestly not joking) for 4 of the 5 days - fantastic! Great start to the dig too with houses, back yards, continuing roads and some pretty nice finds as well. Thanks for all your hard work everyone, it was a brilliant start to 2009!
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Week 2.

Very lucky with the weather, which threatened all week but failed to affect us so whatever god you were pouring libations to had the desired effect. Another great week of digging too, with finely laid (and trowelled) roadways going in all directions, more domestic refuse from the late house and the usual few mysterious features, which will no doubt keep me guessing for a while yet. Many thanks to the week 2 team who battled through various bouts of illness and vehicle problems to put in so much hard work. We made big strides this week and it was down to your efforts, so many thanks!
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Justin
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No week 3 as I was on holiday so....

Week 4.

Blessed by the weather again (although the thunderstorm at 4pm on Sat was something else!!!!!) we had another great week. It look more likely that we have a parade gorund than ever after the famous cobbled surface extended eastward as far as we could trowel. Many thanks for everyone's efforts in cleaning such a difficult surface so meticulously - it looks fab! We also had a sneaky peak underneath some of the cobbles and low and behold we found yeat cobbles!!!!! Cue more cleaning and it looks like a mid 2nd C road way running N-S. Lots of new info about the vicus in just the 5days, great work everyone and thanks once more for your hard work.
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Week 5.

We somehow managed to defy the weather forcasters and had another dry week making good progress in our cobble cleaning efforts. There is a split in the roads with one running NE-SW and the other running E-W across the northern edge of last summer's smithing workshops. One or two other structures starting to emerge too, so a successful week. many thanks to you all, I'm sure you were cleanign cobbles in your sleep at times this last week, but the end result looks fantastic!
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Justin
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:D Yeah the road sure does look like it is going through that gap. It's actually just a coincidence of things happening though. The cobbled road is buried a fair bit deeper than the modern wall, but there is also a farmer's drainage ditch there as well that has caused the dry stone wall to collapse into it as it has subsdied over the years. It is also highly likley that the same modern drainage ditch has also destroyed the Roman road that lies a little beneath :( I have to admit though that it is a handy piece of collapse for pointing out to excavators and visitors where the road is leading.....
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Week 6.

What a shower! and no I don't mean the excavators, who were fab, but the one that left pools of water all over the place right at the end of play. More road cleaning this week and one or two roadside gutters starting to emerge as well. Lets hope there are some structures surviving on their edges......
Many thanks to everyone this week for your constant enthusiasm and hard work in what were at times some fairly dire conditions. Maybe not quite so sure about the various site interpretations of maypoles, and dancing soldiers in sequined armour mind, but I hope to see you all again.
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Week 7.

My word did we move some volume of earth this week........ ;) A big thank you to Matthew and his extra large trowel that saved us weeks of labour. Many thanks to everyone too for the hard work and stoicism to dig through whatever the Northumbrian weather gods could throw at us - maybe it was all the compo Nigel was providing that kept us all going with the military stiff upper lip! Not the easiest of weeks, but the archaeology was tip top. Less in the way of cobbled surfaces now and more drains walls and floors at last. :D
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Week 8.

Well I'm sorely tempted to make all sorts of remarks about Tony's leaky bladder, long pipe and fetish for knee pads, but you'd only be disappointed to find it was only a camel-back drinking bag and new slater's pads!!!!! Seriously though, it was another good week with the revelation of a possible ditch system, a Cashmore type 1 brooch, and have we finally, finally got the edge of those cobbles????? Many thanks everyone for all your hard work.
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Week 9.

Can't remember the last time we lost volunteers to sunstroke, but it happened this week! So Rob, sorry you are missing on the team photo and I hope you are feeling better. Thanks to everyone for a very productive week. Anaerobic conditions making for some smashing finds and features galore coming out. What will that mysterious stone building in the new area turn out to be? Looking at the quality of the masonry I wouldn't bet against something really quite nice. I have to say though that the highlight of the week must have been the albino slug in knee pads, or perhaps the Roman re-enactors playing jazz through the cornicularis - hmm maybe the heat has got to me too........ Many thanks everyone for a great week.
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Week 10.

My word, what a week! After weeks of trowelling cobbles we suddenly have potential gateways (actually Tony and Marcel's 'temple'- see previous post), ramparts, roads, ditches and buildings. Well, that's the interpretation based on what we can see so far, but things really took off this week and the next few weeks should be very interesting indeed. A huge thank you to the week 10 crew, even with the worst that Neptune could throw at us we accomplished a great deal this week so thanks for all your hard work.
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Week 11.

After surviving thunder storms, plagues of midges and baking hot sun (well for 10mins at least), things marched on in Area B this week. Roadways and their ditches continue to provide evidence for the infrastructure of the vicus and there was the emergence of several unusual and unexpected features too. Can we really have four different phases within 30cm of stratigraphy and in an area no bigger than 20m x 30m? What will the large mserious one sided wall turn out to be? More questions than answers this week, but that's archaeology at times for you I suppose.

Many thanks to this week's hard working crew who put up with my changing theories as often as my pants this week. It was great to meet and work with you all- some again, and some for the first time.
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Week 12.

Another good week and by and large the weather gods were decent to us. A week of BIG ditches, little ditches and nice roadways, and although there was some pretty nasty iron pan to hack through, the finds made it all worthwhile. A big thank you to the crew of week 12, it was a real pleasure working with you all and I think we made some good progress this week. Make sure you uplaod a few of those photos and give everyone a look at the fruits of your labours. Thanks again!
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Week 13.

Well who would have thought that a drain full of iron pan and a few roadways could be so much fun?!? :P An amazing week in a number of ways that was all topped off by wonderful weather and even better company. Than you all very much indeed for all your hard work, I think it will be a week that is remembered at Vindolanda for a long time to come. Highlight for me though has to be the first international Wiffle tournament to be held at the site - The sight of Sterling 'Roger Clemens' Rowe pitching out last ditch pinch hitter Justin 'Big Papi' Blake under the extreme pressure of TV video taping was something to behold! ;) I hope you all had a safe trip home and hope to see you again soon.
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Week 14.

Well how extreme can the weather get at Vindolanda? Close to 30 degrees for half the week and then the local paper records 11,000 lightening strikes a minute over Hexham and an absolute deluge! Luckily the excavation wasn't too badly affected and things moved on this week. We definitely have a fancy gate respond for a gateway sometime earlier then the Severan period, when the gate was thensliced through by its large Western defensive ditch. Oh and there does seem to have been the odd phase or four of later roman building activity on the same site above - just normal area B stuff really ;) Anyway a special thanks to this week's crew who have without doubt had to put up with the hardest working conditions this season. Many thanks for your efforts and cheerful good company all week, you were brilliant to work with!
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Week 15.

Well I bet when you applied to dig you didn't expect to be asked to direct helicopters and assist in medical emergencies eh? A special thanks to this week's crew who had to do all of the above in addition to the usual hard graft of digging down to sort out the site. A good week in many ways with the gate respond for the period III fort looking fab now. A potential timber built structure just west of the Severan rampart and a whole new area deturfed and ready to greet future crews. All good stuff and I think we made some pretty big strides in understanding area B this week. Well done to all who helped and many thanks for your hard work!
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