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Let the fun begin!; Opening week, 2011 digging season
Topic Started: Apr 3 2011, 08:27 PM (996 Views)
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It's showtime! Here's hoping for great weather, great crews, great fun, and some great archaeology. All WeDig'ers, any thoughts/pics you have of the opening week, please send them. Either a post here, or even a quick one-line text/email to text_style@hotmail.com if that's all you have a chance for.

Happy digging!
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Great notes! I really like the sound of the Thursday night buffets too, nice touch.

Are you just to the right (east) of the flagstone-paved north-south road that leads from the HQ out to the North Gate? (Trying to visualize so I can update the plan.) I think I remember that the beginnings of the barrack wall was found there late last year.
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Terry S has posted a collection of Week 1 shots here. (They've helped me flesh out the Area of Excavations Wk 1 post.) Below are the low-res mid-sized shots from the album, with captions.
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"Team Centurion" in front of, to the south of, the North gate. Justin was standing on one of the large flags.

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In the foreground, two Picts who made it over Hadrian's Wall. Val and Ed will probably come back next year.

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Just when you want to relax and have a much deserved cup of tea/coffee, a form to fill in.
Looks like it was all too much for the chap at bottom left.

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Looking west. Large flagstones off picture to the left. Short journey to the spoilheap through the North gate. Hallelujah!

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Geordie bottom with two Scottish frontages. Ground initially wet, but dried up nicely with the prevailing wind. Not too many finds all week - two nice bits of thick amphora handle and bits and pieces of pottery.
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More from Terry S here:
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To the right of the flags, the barrack wall of Stone Fort 2. This continued past the excavators and then possibly turning to the east.

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Earlier barrack wall of Stone Fort 1 looking south.

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West of the North gate, in the Temple area (looking north). The wet conditions never got worse than those shown and radically improved throughout the week.

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Forms (only one sheet this time folks!) nearly completed. Supervisor Kevin hovering.

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Our refugee from the vicus. He fitted in well. He's happy because he has a red tee shirt and the rest of us haven't. Team Centurion pretending to work whilst he's there.
Edited by SacoHarry, Apr 17 2011, 08:19 AM.
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And the last batch from Terry S. Great shots, thx much for sharing!!
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"I think you need to press the red button Andy."
"Where is it Justin?"

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Weather much improved - it got better as the week went on. The Via Decumana is probably under the diggers, not too far down.

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John, at left, clearing possible robbed out foundations of a wall.

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Looking north. Stone Fort 2 barrack wall still heading north, but expected to turn right about two feet further on. Week 2 should have cracked it by now.

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No more dirty finger nails for a while! 80% of Team Centurion, at the end. Apparently, we weren't too far from a Centurion's quarters.
Edited by SacoHarry, Apr 17 2011, 08:20 AM.
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Oops, the original link to Terry & Pauline's Canon album didn't work. This one should!
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Canon Photo Album links not playing nicely. Captured the mid-sized pics and placed them into WeDig Admin section, they should show up & behave now!
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