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Week 1
Topic Started: Apr 2 2012, 08:27 AM (1,910 Views)
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Day 1: Great start to the dig. We started deturfing north of the fort ditch and wall uncovered under the third century vicus last season. A round stone lined feature showed up this afternoon, a bit to the north of the one excavated in 2011. We also deturfed behind the third century vicus buildings to the immediate east of the big fort wall. Floor surfaces and building walls starting to show up here already. Rain arrived late in the afternoon, but we got the full day excavating. Very good deturf and clean up today and things should get interesting later in the week.
Kate :)
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Day 2: The excavations were hit by rain, which later turned to snow and a biting northerly wind today. We did excavate for a good part of the morning and there were valiant efforts to keep going in the snow after an early lunch. One new area was opened up just to the west of the foopath (north-south path). It will need to await more gentle weather to get any information from this new trench.
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SacoHarry
Apr 3 2012, 08:40 AM
Thanks to some great shots from Terry S & Pauline, here appears to be the 1st day's deturfing areas:
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The diagram is accurate Harry.
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SacoHarry
Apr 2 2012, 03:21 PM
Also, as of last year I was still calling that big defensive wall 3rd C. Sounds, Kate, like it's assuredly much earlier? Antonine / mid-2nd C?
Antonine/mid-2nd century is the date of the wall. Rampart and ditch may be re-use from a slightly earlier date.
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Day 3: A full day's excavation took place today. There was snow on the ground, but wall-to-wall sunshine and a biting northerly wind dried everything up nicely and we made real progress. There may be a road surface showing up in the most westerly trench located to the west of the north/south footpath. Elsewhere some floor/yard and cobbled surfaces and dodgy walls are taking time and effort to clean up. There has been some nice pottery finds today and one or two shards of glass.
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Day 4: Fabulous sunny day today with cool breeze and some really good progress in all of the trenches. There is a nice slabbed floor (3rd century date) above the ditch with some samian ware and other bits of pottery on top of it. The team on the roadway to the west of the path have extended their trench to the north and south to create more space and see more of the roadway and other features (as yet uninterpreted). Below the vicus buildings and roads that are being excavated in continuation of last season, there appears to be the other side of the rampart that the big mid-2nd century fort wall is sitting on and it seems logical that to the east of this rampart we may be about to find the intervallum road of this fort. We have not found it yet and we will just have to wait and see what happens next.
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Badger
Apr 5 2012, 02:03 PM
Kate

Love the updates! I am on the plane one month from today.

One small suggestion. Your avatar is bolts of lightning on a stormy day. Can you change this before my two weeks on site?

Superstitiously yours

Tim Wolter
Will change the avatar before you take to the skies Tim if you insist, but it might upset Jupiter Best and Greatest!
Kate :'(
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