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'Area A'; June 2010
Topic Started: Jun 11 2010, 01:46 PM (1,433 Views)
MichaelH
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1st photo. 6th June looking north west.
The fortís western rampart, most of which was dug during 2009, this is the remaining northern part.
The lower part (by the wheelbarrow) is clay. Ovens were often built into the rampart to reduce the fire risk to buildings. In the foreground is the intervallum road.

2nd photo. 10th June looking north.
The fort western wall on the left.
Sections through the rampart. Ramparts were built sloping up against the inside of the fort walls and probably had a walkway along the top, below the top of the wall.
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MichaelH
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1st photo
10th June. Looking north along the top of the fort wall. Here, on the right, the yellow clay rampart seems to be set back from the fort wall, (why? and would that clay layer be the top of the rampart?) Any comments, please edit.

2nd photo
Found in the soil layer; lots of broken pottery, bones, wasp nest, rusted nails and other pieces of iron.
WASP NEST!?.... which Nick put down quickly when a wasp popped out ^o)
A stone gaming board a bone hairpin and a knife. The tang, which fitted into the handle, was in remarkable condition compared to rusted nails etc. This is probably because of how the iron was heated and hammered to shape. For scale, ten pence piece is approx. 25mm dia.
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1st photo. 10th June looking south.
More of the western rampart, on the left the intervallum road. The west gatehouse is in middle distance.

2nd photo. 7th June looking east.
Going down below the last floor level in one of the barrack rooms. A small square section of dark timber is just visible above the water, but timbers of the previous wooden fort were not found as expected.

Alex could you explain what was down there?
Instead of just standing there :D please!
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Edited by MichaelH, Jun 11 2010, 02:44 PM.
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MichaelH
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Thanks Michael C very good, up to your usual standard,
but its amazing what some people will do for ten pence.
:D
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10th June. Looking south from near the north gatehouse, just to show the remaining area of grass.

The main road is off to the left. In the centre the curving wall of a roundhouse (partly hidden by the raised area in the foreground). ^o) clearer on photo 23rd June
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10th June. Looking west across the north road
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23rd June. Looking south from the north gatehouse (bottom left of photo).
To the left in the trench edge are the slabs of the north road.
Just left of centre foreground, a Severan Period roundhouse.
The roundhouse is built over an Antonine Period wall and the cobbled, north intervallum road. (The foreground area, with a drain, has not been excavated down to that level).
The row of stones beyond the roundhouse is the north wall of the barracks.
At extreme right, below the raised area, a channelled stone drain at the east side of a cobbled intermediate north/south road.
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24th June. Looking south down the intermediate north/south road.
The Antonine Period stone channelled drain on the left, set into the cobbled road. Cobbles are missing in the subsided darker area. A built up stone drain and barrack wall at each side of the road is early 3rd century.
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MichaelH
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Re. Post # 13
That looks fine Harry. The wall of the next barrack building (to the west) is across that intermediate road, against the west side of the drain.

Sorry you couldnít be here in person this week

Michael
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Photo 27th June. Looking south. Meanwhile back in the barracks.
Photo 1. This is one of the barrack rooms (Excavated in 2009) which has been modified over the years from early 3rd century. The winter weather had broken the soil down to fine sandy dust which was cleaned off, the floor was recorded and photographed.
The sandy dust certainly stuck to sun cream, that could have been another photo!

Photo 2. The top layer of stones were removed and cleaned down to the next level of floor, this was recorded and photographed again. Pieces of pottery, nails, including boot nails, and other rusted metal possibly spear heads were found.
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More stone lifted, and as before....
Photo 1. The wall on the right is not part of the AD.213 barracks, itís thought to be late 4th century, and divides this room in half. Some of the lower level flooring just below the soil level looks continuous under the wall. On the left is the north/south passageway

Photo 2. Looking west across the floor, the later wall and the other part of the room (where the barrows are) Notice those stone joints in a vertical line, not good building but maybe that helps the wall to move with the ground subsidence?? In the background is the intervallum road and west wall.
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30 June. Tea break in a welcome shady spot on a hot day.
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