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Area B Team Photos 2010
Topic Started: Apr 17 2010, 10:55 AM (3,442 Views)
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Week 1.

A good start to this year with some nice finds already and some evidence for a possible structure. A big thank you to all of you who made it a great start to the excavation.
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Week 2.

What a week! :-) A stone building with a scrap of floor surviving. A smashing Roman drain curving right through a lovely clay floor and best of all no cobbles to clean for the first time in I don't know how long! Many thanks to the depleted team who managed to do an enormous amount of hard work - the finds and the weather made this an exceptional week!
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Week 3.

A continuation of some lovely finds, but I think it was one of those weeks we sometimes get when our understanding of area B went backwards a little. Several grand theories went up in smoke leaving plenty of intruiging alternatives etc. What were those Romans up to dumping literally waggon loads of stone into something deeper in our little extension trench? Who dug the large pit just outside our stone structure? How much later than our roadway is the stone structure given that it seems to sit on soil 20 odd cms deep over the road? Lots to try to solve in the coming weeks.

Many thanks to the week 3 crew for your enthusiasm and hard work. Overall I think we had a very productive week!
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Week 4

Another great week with the 5m extension trench to the west really starting to show promise now. The mixed up bands of clay discovered last week have developed into drains and we also have a few mysterious dark stains in the soil which look increasingly like ditches. Ditches in area B though? surely not!!!

The infamous cobbled area has also been shown to spread even further north and east than we thought, but could one of the dark soil stains prove be a boundary ditch to its western side? Fingers crossed and watch this space.

A great many thanks to the volunteers this week, who between dodging rain storms, medical emergencies and Baltic north winds put in a tremendous shift. It has been as pleasurable as ever working with you all. Also, best wishes to Duncan from everyone digging this week. We all hope you’re ok and the back is recovering well.

Missing from this week's photo are Duncan (MIA) and Jacqui who had to dash early to support the performing arts!
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Week 5

This was a week of finishing off major areas and exposing features found earlier in the year so little in the way of new features, but our cobbles now look to be spectacular in the east of the trench (if we can get at them for the water!)and the various drains, pits and ditches came up very well indeed.

It is still not obvious what the Romans were up to when they dumped about 20 waggon loads of stone into a depression in the west of our area, but they had gone to enormous trouble – were they suffering from the same damp soil as the present excavators???

Things took another twist towards the religious with a certain votive find that you will all probably see in the new, lottery funded, museum displays at some point soon, which put the icing on the cake of another great week.

Anyway, another solid week and my thanks to the hard working gang of week 5, I hope to see you all again next summer including Clint Eastwood! :P .
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Week 6.

Phew what a week! With 2 lots of film crews and absolutely scortching weather (was that really Northumberland in May?) it was a steady week in terms of new revelations. However, we have now cleaned up our lovely 8.30m wide roadway and are seeking buildings on its edge. Is the pile of stones found by Linda, Wendy and Chris the footing for a stone wall? Is the roadside ditch going to contain finds? How does Ed and John's ditch profile fit in with those identified last summer? Lots to think about and work on more next week. Whisper it quietly, but it's all going well so far....

Many thanks for all your hard work team, it was tough going in all that heat, but we made real progress and I hope to see you all again next summer.
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Week 7.

How would we match last week with all its filming and celebs in the trench? Well by finding some stunning archaeology of course and boy what a week it has been. As this is a family show it's prbably not wise to get into specifics but if anyone googles TUTUNUS MUTUNUS you'll get the idea ;) With a blessing from such a god what will the rest of the season hold?

I wondered how so many of my excavators had been becoming pregnant all of a sudden......... well now we know.

A big thank you to the crew of week 7. You endured the first rain in 7 weeks very cheerfully and we had a terrific week. Your various drains, floors, roads and ditches will doubtless confound and confuse me for a little while yet, but its an amazing area unfolding in area B just now.

Thanks to John Sharp for sorting out the team photo after my camera battery died! :-o

And yes Tim, fitting Mutunus into a schools talk could take a bit of doing!
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Week 8.

Wow, ret hot weather and red hot archaeology! Anaerobic laminate layers in area B? Phew its all be going on.... We hit a nice ditch full of nice soils and also apppear to have the bones of a timber building emerging from the depths.

It is fair to say it has been another brilliant week, aided by glorious weather and yet another great team of excavators. Thanks to everyone and here's hoping it continues next week.
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Week 9.

In World Cup week where away Gauls definitely counted double (thanks Jack for the joke of the season!) we were rained seriously on for the first time this year - surely some form of record!

Nevertheless we accomplished much in the other four days and now have two early ditches, a possible period IV timber building complete with a surviving patch of floor!!!!!! :-D as well as the remaining vicus area. Also might it be possible that we have the top of a well? Hmmm much to carry on with next week.

Many thanks to the digging team of week 9 from far flung parts of the globe as well as closer to home. We made positive headway this week and it was great to work along side you all.
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Week 10.

Apologies for the delay in posting this week. Lecturing, busy week at work etc (oh ok and a golf competition;p) kept me from getting to this until now.

Anyway, a great many thanks for everyone's hard work in week 10. The treanch began to show some realy promise with wooden posts emerging and patches of laminated flooring. Again a week of some super finds and the weather even held up for another week. How long can this keep up?

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Week 11.

Another stunning week with anaerobic ditches, wooden posts, hearths, sooty floors (oh my head is spinning!) The week has to be most notable for the tablet that popped out on Thursday proving the point that the written material can survive a full 200m to the west of previous find spots. Good news for all concerned with furthering our knowledge of Vindolanda's people.

Unbelieveably the weather held firm for another week, but can it hold on for another 2hours for 'Friends night?'

A huge thank you to the hard working crew of week 11, it turned out to be quite some week, and we made good progress towards understanding that particular part of the site. Cann't wait for next week now.......
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Week 12.

Wow another superb week! We made large strides with the vicus this week and now have what looks to have been a side road branching off at ninety degrees from our major cobbled street. I think this new one is likely to link the main road out of the west gate of the fort with our major street. Best of all though, we appear to have the start of stone buildings on either side of it. They are very close to the surface so are unlikey to have well preserved floors, but we have buildings at last!

Elsewhere, more posts and structural timbers, pockets of organic material containing the usual stuff that comes from such features at Vindolanda and another potential drainage ditch-well it wouldn't be area B without a ditch a week would it?

Many thanks to the volunteers of week 12. A hard shift at the start of the week saw turf flying so that cobbles could be cleaned, but it was so much worth the labour for what we appear to have learned about our 3rd C vicus residents. A big thank you and hope to see you next summer.

PS: a note on our writing tablet. It was only a tiny fragment and I would very much doubt if we'll glean much, if anything from it. The important thing about it is that it was found so far west from previous examples. It's importance, I feel, is that it shows the potential is there for others to have survived in the western part of the site. Far from being isolated in only a few areas it looks like these amazing objects have survived all over the site. Now that opens up possibilities.......
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Week 13.

Well there was certainly nothing unlucky about week 13! Simply stunning archaeology this week. Not going to be outdone with a fragment of writing tablet in the last couple of weeks, the week 13 crew turned up timber posts by the dozen, oak sleeper beams, laminate flooring, a potential well, road surfaces and stone walls, the best part of a votive face pot - pretty much in situ, and who could forget Bob's potential round house? :'( Its taking some figuring out what exactly was going on in that area but my word is it fun!

I suppose we were exceptionally lucky with the weather again, dodging the rain until the final hours, but it has been a brilliant week. A huge thank you to all who took part and made it such fun, you seriously progressed the site this last week and it was a huge pleasure working with you all. How are we going to be able to top that?
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Week 14.

Well I suppose it had to happen eventually, but the weather broke this week and made life exceptionally frustrating indeed. In and out of the tea shed like yo yo's, the week 14 team were brilliant in putting up with the worst weather Northumberland could throw at them with grit and determination to make the best of it all. A massive thank you to everyone for making what could have been a disaster for the archaeology, with us all plodging about in it, actually fairly easy to manage.

We now have even more posts popping out all over the place and some of them are real whoppers! The buildings seem to line up very nicely with similar wattle fences found way back in 2000, which is nice, but there is still insufficient to establish conclusively what they were used for as yet. There has been some stunning preservation and I'd expected a few writing tablets by now if I was honest, but the amount of horse muck, coupled with the fact i've yet to meet a horse that could write, may explain some of that! Might we be in a stable housing some of our Vardullian cavalry? Maybe time will tell.......

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Week 15.

A rough start to the week with torrential rain, but it certainly didn't dampen spirits, or productivity-especially of small finds. Beads galore, a lump of Roman rope, bits of armour, more leather than we could bag up, and a superb bronze stud in immaculate condition (surely a certain addition to the new museum displays in due course). Quite a week really.

I reckon we now have two phases of timber buildings dating to the early/mid second century. One, probably a stable given the amount of horse manure and the second almost certainly a leather working workshop given the amount of scrap leather and off-cuts turning up. Also we definitely have a stone building vicus structure flanking the northwest edge of our back alley. Will the plough ravages have left enough behind to interpret what was happening in there?

It has been another brilliant week. A huge thank you to the team of diggers, you made it a really fun week and I thoroughly enjoyed working with you all. How we top that week I'm really not sure......
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