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Area A. The Barracks; April 09
Topic Started: Apr 18 2009, 03:52 PM (1,204 Views)
Andy
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Week starting the 26th of April.

The 4th century houses built over the remains of the 3rd century barracks, looking south towards the 2008 granary excavations.
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Andy
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more of the same but including the intervallum roadway
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Gorgeous. Thx for the pics Andy!

That building just north of the north gate is quite a sight -- can't believe how much got built into the old ramparts. The flagstones that lie north of the building and a little deeper -- are those from a courtyard? Or is that the stone base to the original Period VII rampart mound?
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Andy
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At the moment our best bet is that it is a rampart storm drain, stopping a deluge of water from reaching the road and accessing the front doors of buildings lining the intervallum road. However, that said, it only seems to continue for a few metres north of the gable end of the rampart house.....so we will have to see. Either way, there are significant voids beneath the stones. So as the saying goes,' it is all good'.
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Woot to the voids. Them Romans did love their drains, no?

For those who are trying to put the pics in context, below is a little map. The shaded area shows the extent of the current excavations within the visible fort. It is ridiculously inaccurate & not to scale, but it's a start! The southern tip of several barrack blocks (later converted into houses) runs along the north side of the main road. (Advice on how to tighten this pic up accuracy-wise would be most appreciated.) The western gate is visible in the map. North of its northern gatehouse is a late building built directly into the clay rampart mound that backed up against the inside of the fort. (A fairly similar building was found south of the southern gatehouse in 2006.)

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The current dig relates mostly to Periods VII through X (see the Digger's Guide for more detail on these periods), spanning about AD 213 all the way up to the 6th C post-Roman era. It's possible that earlier periods (likely VI through VI-B) could be uncovered, but they're not the focus this year.

And it all looks amazing and I'm psyched to see what comes up next!
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Finds were numerous on Site A last week. Sorry for the need to be a bit close mouthed.

Where I was digging was on the surface of the last road on the site, and in an adjacent drain. This was mostly "residual" finds, stuff knocking around in the last Roman era and on into the Dark Ages. It was a nice surprise that some of this was preserved, perhaps the formidable stone walls discouraged plowing to some extent.

Not sure if I advanced the cause of Romano British scholarship too far, but one odd bronze (possibly enameled) object did come up from the road surface. It would be interesting to know what it turns out to be.

Fun stuff on the other end of the site too.

When the pictures are posted you will note that Andrew had a good sized cohort to command, and remarkably, all Vindolanda veterans.

Tim Wolter
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