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Week 2
Topic Started: Apr 9 2012, 08:21 AM (2,062 Views)
SacoHarry
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Placeholder for the 2nd week at Vindolanda. So many great shots and details from Week 1. Hope to keep it going! Please post & share.
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Mike C
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Hi Harry
The e-mails are working again. Thanks
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I headed up today through the snow and hail to see how the hardy diggers of week two are getting on, the wind was very cold and strong so hats off to those working (some hats off may just have been the wind!) looks like an interesting bit of stone work is appearing. Andy said the dig should reach the ice cream window in the west gate ticket office by end of season.
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Badger
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Why, it looks to me as if the wheelbarrow run goes over paved path most of the way!

Diggers will be getting soft....

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One or two more, not sure if the stone placed there is of any interest as everyone had retired to the hut to warm up. The lastshot was taken on my way home crossing over Hartside pass and shows the maiden way roman road which heads south from the stane gate, snowy day. also a photo of temple ave getting the make over treatment. Hope you find the photos interesting
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Thanks for posting, really gives a good feel for what's happening. Love the last shot, looks like it was a telephoto view from some distance away? You can almost feel the chill wind whipping around just looking at that one.
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The last photo was taken with a zoom of 125mm with me braced against the car to get a steady shot with the wind blasting up the valley. I've been up there on warmer days, would hate to have been a roman hiking up the pass
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Terry S
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Excellent photos Pete. Me and my knees are getting nostalgic already. Looks like the weather hasn't improved much. See ya next month.
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SacoHarry
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Fantastic pictures! Thank you much Pete for those.

For those interested, the water channel which is being re-excavated (Pete's picture http://z1.ifrm.com/7061/121/0/p1024097/Vindolanda_April_2012.jpg_12.jpg) was first dug by Eric Birley back in 1931. He left a great report on his finds (available here) including good pics of how it looked some 80 years ago:

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Stones & dirt. The more things change, the more they stay the same!
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Interesting to see the report from 1931, this shows what a fantastic resource we have with We Dig. Thanks Harry
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MBetz
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Great pictures. Thanks, Pete.
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Anybody on site at the end of this past week that can update on the progress? I'm out of town for a week but still want to try to post up the site plans & weekly progressions.
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Sue Munro
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Here are my week 2 photos, same area as week 1.
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Our area was pretty quiet on the whole, a few iron items (?blades, part os helmet), setercius, 20p piece(!), some fairly mundane shards of pot, a few nails.

My favourite piece was this fragment of what Andy and Justin referred to as 'pie crust ware'. There were a few chucnks of amphora in the same area but no more pie crust sadly.
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Graham found this item in a room further down the trench. We thought it would make a great lemon squeezer, but apparently it is a piece of cheese press.
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