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Week 15 (and 14 recap!); July 11 - 15
Topic Started: Jul 13 2011, 01:06 PM (1,260 Views)
SacoHarry
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I love the picture going up the 3rd-4th C north-south roadway, with the late 2nd C Antonine barrack under it, and then the early-mid 2nd C staining under that. Good luck to the folks who need to figure it all out in the end!

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Sue Munro
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Thanks for the rather tantalising photos Kev. Have you got plenty of pot for me to wash next week while I'm banned from actually digging?
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el kevano
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plenty for you sue - and lots of great pre hadrianic pot too!
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LouisaJones
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I was digging at the south end of Temple Avenue in weeks 14 and 15. To begin with (c. 60cm depth), there were constant changes in coloration and texture - grey and bright orange squishy clay alternating with iron pan, packed stones and drier earth - and barely any artefacts. About 20cm further down though, these impressive beam slots began to show up! You can clearly see a grey cross shape (room divide?) in the clay natural that would have housed a wooden sleeper with upright posts struck through it; the lack of finds was probably due to the floor level being elevated above these scant foundations. To the left of the picture we later found what seemed to be pit filled with organic material and a scrap of leather. One possible idea is that this area housed cavalry horses in Vindolanda's earliest years. That this is and always was a particularly wet part of the site was borne out by the trench's undulating cross-section and the amount of baling needed each morning after spells of rain: why ever did the Romans build here?!
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Sue Munro
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That sounds interesting Kev. If anything needs doing down in the museum or anything I'm up for that too, just can't get down on my hands and knees or handle soil due to infection risk. Grrr!!!

Glad I got my digging fix in May!
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el kevano
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to be honest sue - if i were you id be more worried about being near that big tea urn in the shed than being near the soil!!!! Hope your well on the mend now!
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el kevano
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louisa's photo is a great example of what we are finding at several areas of the site now although it is completely underwater just now and the weather wont give us a break! Myself and a team of 3 have started de-turfing an area of the vicus (beside the butchers shop and directly across from the severan commander's residence) very early days yet but proves how much progress has been achieved - well ahead of schedule!
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Well, opening up a trench in the vicus was unexpected news. But of course we all know how the vicus is drier and better drained than the fort!

You've gone and messed up Harry's nice map of excavation sites week by week now havn't you.

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SacoHarry
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Vicus trench? No, no. No vicus trench here.
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I like the hat, Kevin! Thanks to all for posting photos -- it's amazing to see the difference a few weeks can make. I was worried about you all from the nasty weather reports that I saw, but it looks like plenty of progess has been made in spite of the rain!
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