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Week 4
Topic Started: Apr 29 2011, 05:14 PM (551 Views)
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At long last, pictures from Terry & Pauline's Week 4 as promised.

The following is a great series going room by room along the 9-room barrack block that's been the center of attention during April. Because the later (SF II) barrack block sits mostly over the earlier one (SF I), the two can be seen sharing the same space in most rooms. It's fun watching the more muddled/damaged bits lying under the northern rooms slowly turn to well-preserved remains of roads, drains, and walls toward the south.

All of the following are standing just to the west of the barrack, looking east. They start at the north end, and travel south room by room. (Captions below from Terry & Pauline)
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"Facing east after group photo. Dilys, Jim and Dave's work on the Via Decumana, top left."

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"Antonine road. Large oven dominated room but destroyed strata - "trashed," said Andy. No sign of a drain. Pauline, Margaret, Chris and Matthew's area."

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"Antonine road with north south drain removed except for a couple of stones to left. Evidence of oven and trashing. Terry, Pete, Dave and Joyce's area."

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"Antonine road again, remains of north south drain mainly in centre. Drain of different construction to next photos in sequence."

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"Antonine road and drain in much better condition here."

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"Another room in much better condition than some further north."

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"Dilys and Jim worked here for part of the week. Room much admired for its des res, groomed appearance compared to Pauline, Margaret, Chris and Matthew's trashed room."

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"Less disturbance to Antonine road and drain as barrack block goes further south."

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"Last room in north south sequence"

Lastly, as a teaser to what Badger is describing for Week 5, here is the next focus of the dig: just to the west of the barrack in the series above lies a cobbled N-S alley. To the west of it, two more 3rd-4th C barracks, with underlying material too. The picture below is about from the main east-west road within the fort, looking north.

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As before, Terry & Pauline have made the original, hi-resolution photos available at their Canon Photo Gallery, link here.
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