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Week 11 pictures; June 13-17
Topic Started: Jun 21 2011, 12:12 PM (492 Views)
SacoHarry
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WeDig'ers Ian & Averil have sent a fabulous batch of pics from last week's dig. Here they are, with their notes. Jealous of the rest of the June & later lot who might get to be in levels like this!

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Small samian bowl with potter's stamp

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Misecellaneous finds - pottery, glass from a square bottle, nail

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Andrew Birley (watched by Kevin Kerr) begins to dig down on floor beneath the early 3rd century AD Severan Roundhouses - to reach the floor level at beginning of 2nd century AD.

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Floor level contains 'laminate' i.e. layers of bracken/straw, the right type of material to preserve writing tablets. The flooring is dug out, placed in barrow and sifted by hand - done here by Andrew Birley.

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Justin Blake digging further, while Andrew Birley, Kevin Kerr and Karen Pidduck carefully sift the material placed in barrow.

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Surprise: wooden beams, 3 feet wide. White labels mark upright wooden posts chopped off in Roman times. Anthony Birley looking on.

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Wow! The beams are part of the top of a - water tank? About 3ft square with a wooden surround. Period IV fort, i.e. time of Emperor Trajan, before Hadrian's Wall.
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Now, now Tim. We had the luxury of finding cobble nestled nicely on top of cobble. Look at the black, gooey mess they've got now.
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