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Let the fun begin!; Opening week, 2011 digging season
Topic Started: Apr 3 2011, 08:27 PM (997 Views)
Terry S
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Wet and windy start for day one. Operations commenced with an introductory 30 minute introduction by Kevin. Followed by a trip around the new, very impressive museum. A short break for tea (naturally), then out into Northumberland's finest April weather. No stoppages! Typically, as we were finishing at 4.30, the sun and blue sky came out.
Twenty six excavators, split into 5 teams of 5 (one had 6) and each allocated an area to do the business.
No spoil heap initially (gasp), but a pimple north of the North gate is now growing.
Rain is forecast tomorrow morning and then fine for the rest of the week. Halleluja!
Photos will probably follow at some point.

Terry S
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Day 3 : Tim - I think that is the ultimate aim - early days yet. I'm not au fait with what the other teams are doing, but our team are in the process of chasing a very long barrack wall northwards and getting closer to the North Gate. We've also removed soil to the depth of about 5 inches and are down to small cobbles in places. No significant finds, mainly 3rd century pottery.
Overnight rain left the site a wee bit soggy, so we all decamped to Carvoran at 9.30 (inspecting new museum and the 3D movie - not to be missed!). Early lunch and finally started excavations at 12.45. Teams are rotating pottery washing and surveying, each lasting a good hour. The pottery being washed is from the 2009, 2010 and current excavations.
The weather was much improved this afternoon, though a tad windy. Good forecast for the next two days!
Tomorrow night is the "get together" buffet night commencing at 18.30. This will be in the new Hedley Building and will be a regular Thursday night attraction.
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Terry S
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Harry - we are just about north of the flags, with a twitch to the north east. I took some pix today and when I suss out the procedure, I'll post a few.
Malise - there was a just a small amount from earlier years.
The buffet meal went off fine with lots of intermingling and tasty morsels. It actually started at 1800 and was due to finish about 2000 hrs. I didn't stay to the bitter end as I faced a trip of 43.4 miles back home to Durham.
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Hadriana - sorry I didn't bring the book in - a combination of not knowing where I had filed it and letting it slip my mind. Two books by Raymond Selkirk I would hereto recommend; The Piercebridge Formula (1983, revisions 1995) and On the trail of the Legions (1995). Both very easy to read, great photos (largely Northumberland and Durham). Ray knew his engineering stuff and utilised this knowledge to formulate his theories. Regrettably, he died a few years back. Walking with him was always a joy as he was an inexhaustable fund of anecdotes and fascinating facts. Lots of Roman roads were explored and suspected unknown fort/fortlets investigated. Enjoy!
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Harry - nice to see them back home! Thanks.
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