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Area A Late July-Early Aug
Topic Started: Aug 7 2010, 04:16 PM (2,353 Views)
Sue Munro
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Hi all

Some photos from 25th - 29th July and 1st - 5th August.

Thanks as ever to Andy, Justin, Alex and Beth for a) making it possible for ordinary people like me to have such a fantastic experience and b) always being full of encouragement.
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Sue Munro
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More photos.
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Sue Munro
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And some more...
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Sue Munro
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And the final batch!
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Sue, these are amazing -- Wow! I pulled them from the team photo section into the running dig section so they'd get their own home. Looks like you had quite a time of it; it's going to be a lot of fun poring through and seeing what's going on! Thanks so much for the post.
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For reference, Sue was digging in the NW-most barrack block within Stone Fort II (the visible fort). And her trench was in the southern half of the NW-most unit within that long rectangular barrack block.
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This barrack unit was first uncovered in 2009, and the 4th/5th Century levels exposed then. It looks like crews earlier in 2010 discovered a threshold to a small north-south hallway at the eastern side of this unit. Sue's crew found and dug out a pit at this threshold. And it looks like by the end of their dig they had reached an early cobbled floor level (the dark layer at the bottom of this picture). This would (I believe) have been the original floor surface for when this barrack was first built.

The visible fort (and this barrack block) was first built in the early 3rd Century. From what I understand, at the end of the 3rd century it may have been abandoned for some time (months? years?). In the early 4th Century it was then remanned and comprehensively rebuilt, on mostly the same foundations. (Which is why the floors and walls of the later buildings tend to line up with those of the 3rd Century.) The current programme of works is trying to determine whether the 4th Century barracks were still "military" or if they had "civilians," or both -- or if there was even a real difference in those terms by then.
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Thanks for filling in all that info. It is so easy to be totally absorbed in the tiny area you're working in and forget about the bigger picture.

In our second week we were excavating a more central area which Alex named the Primal Scream room following our suggestions that the 'floor' surface was so irregular and there was so much broken pot that perhaps it was a room where frustrated soldiers could go and let off steam by chucking rocks at pots! No matter what that room actually turns out to be it will always be my therapy room! ;)
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I love it! Maybe all houses should have one?

I also love that pic you got of the room with what looks like a big amphora buried in the middle. Is that the Primal Scream room?
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Sue Munro
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Yes it is a very big amphora that Dilys, Jim and their nephew Oscar were excavating but in a different room. It needed its own tray to be carried away as it was so big! Not sure if there was anything inside it though.

We found quite a bit of amphora in the primal scream room but it was scattered about, not as neat as Dilys and Jims'.
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I remember out in the vicus a few years back there was a house (?) with a big amphora buried in its floor. Never found out if that was a personal lavatory, or a storage container for perishables, or a safe/vault. Pretty cool to find another one!
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:) After 3.5 weeks finally finished digging the Antonine wall - :) No real finds just odd bits of broken amphora and pot.
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Whoa - that wall is a beauty! Is that running north-south directly under the later flagstone road to the HQ building? And its own cobbled road to the east? What fab pieces of archaeology. Had no idea those were even lurking there. Many thanks for the pic.
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If you sight down the line of the antonine wall you can see where it causes a humped area in the flagged road. various rises and falls in the road were suspected to be ditches and walls.
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What strikes me is, I don't see any sign of partition walls anywhere up the line. The Antonine road appears to be on the right (east), meaning the inside of the building would have been on the left, yes? Was this just one long corridor -- or are there internal partitions that don't show in the pic?
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According to Andy on his 'end of week walkaround talk' the internal partitions would have been wattle and daub.
Michael and I were very naughty and instead of going up and listening to Justins talk (which we had heard already) we sneaked onto the back of Andys. Very informative I have been dying to do that for years, Its hard to keep up with the whole picture when you are stuck in one building for a whole fortnight..

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