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Area A. April / May 2010;
Topic Started: Apr 6 2010, 04:22 PM (2,946 Views)
MichaelH
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4th Apr. Easter Sunday first day of 2010 season.

Weather, cool breeze with very welcome sunny periods in the afternoon.
Photo looking east, inside the fort.
This area is on the north side of the paved road from the west gate, the road is on the right.

Hopefully a good paved road from the north gate should run through this trench to join that east/west road, this will frame the north-west quadrant of the fort.


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4th Apr. looking north-east.
Looking across the cobbled road to the east of the barracks (2009 excavations).
The mystery mound/ spoil heap from earlier excavations is just beyond the wheelbarrows.
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MichaelH
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Looking forward to that Tim.

This is probably not what you had in mind but have you seen the aerial photos taken by Adam Stanford at the end of last season.

Portfolio-Adam Stanford

or try this (I can never do a live link) ^o)

http://www.theimagefile.com/web/aerial-cam/portfolio.html

On the one showing the north-west quadrant of Vindolanda fort, on the right you can see that road (via principalis?) from the west gate and just about see the north gatehouse on the left.
That mound shows up quite well (top-centre), the “Area A” barrier fence is now to the east of the mound and will include the road (via praetoria?) from the north gate. This years work started just south of the mound, all this area should be excavated by September, so you have loads to do!

That link seems to have worked :$

Michael
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20th Apr. Looking north.
On the right the road to the north gate, a barrack building on the left. First bite into the old spoil heap in the background, that’ s Richard (not me wot done it!) and Dave on the launch pad. :unsure:
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22nd Apr. at the end of Week 3. Photos taken along the road from the west gate, looking to the north of the road.
On the left running north/south the slightly darker cobbled 3rd century road from 2009 excavations. This covered over the remains of a Severan period round house, which is built on an Antonine period road on the right.
The large stone block is a buttress supporting the next barrack building wall.
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22nd Apr. at the end of Week 3. Photos taken along the road from the west gate, looking to the north of the road.
In the foreground the barracks south wall, then two rooms within the barracks. The semicircle of the roundhouse shows up as a yellowish colour curving through the nearer room.
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The barrack building south/east walls with an oven in the corner. A probable drain, then to the right the main road to the north gate of the fort. Large paving slabs are possibly from that road. In the background the barrack wall runs under that popular spoil heap, sorry to see it going now!
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Looking up the road to the north gate. On the right the west wall of another building (barracks or stable?) In the background large slabs of road paving remain, hopefully continuing north. In the foreground, rubble and earth road surfaces or foundations.
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Photo looking south down the road (via praetoria) with that west wall on the left. In the background across the main east/west road the entrance to the headquarters building (principia) aligns with the middle of the road.
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Photo looking east, across cobbled road and roundhouse, on the right a roadside drain then the south wall of the barracks.
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1st photo. 5th May looking NE.
With the cobbled Antonine road (from 2009 season) removed a second roundhouse is exposed on the left. The first one, shown on post N°. 15 is to the right.

2nd photo. 16th May looking west.
Another roundhouse under the north intervallum road. The temple building is just visible, top right.
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Brinno, no I think you are correct that looks like him.
Kate, thanks for your roundhouse panorama

16th May. Looking south. At the end of our 1st day on the great north road.
After trudging miles along the Stanegate road, imagine entering the fort through the north gatehouse and walking down this 18 metre wide road. With buildings both sides, the barracks on the right and the north gate behind you. Straight ahead of you is the front of the headquarters building, very impressive.
Scary? depending on the purpose of your visit, new recruit, prisoner or slave. Maybe just a seasoned old soldier returning to your “comfortable” barracks, looking forward to seeing your band of brothers and visiting descendants of Atrectus the brewer? :)
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17th May. Looking west. After seeming to have lost the road on the 1st day, this photo shows the next slab dipping steeply down to where Sheila is standing. Look to the right, two stones from the end of her spade and see what can occasionally be found amongst the rubble. (it’s upside down)

The corner of a carved stone showing a head but what was it, could be part of a gravestone, something connected to the god Mithras?
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17th May looking south. More large slabs with a barrack wall just appearing in the trench edge where John is pointing, in the foreground. Beyond the grass strip is where the road slabs dip down, to the left they are missing.
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18th May. Looking west. Road subsidence, what was the cause of that, crossing a previous ditch perhaps?. Along the trench edge should be the barrack wall, looks like rubble might have been used as buttressing to prop up the wall in later times.
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