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Week 3
Topic Started: Apr 16 2012, 07:41 PM (590 Views)
SacoHarry
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Already into the 3rd week. Justin tells of deturfing & road cleaning. Who else has stories/pics of what's going on?
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maryb_10
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Great week here at Vindolanda! The spoil heaps are certainly much larger than they were on Monday. Lots of deturfing and digging, but there are some very interesting features emerging. I emailed some photos from the week to Harry, as my wifi connection is not very trustworthy at the moment. Hope that they made it through!
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Badger
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looking forward to seeing the pix.

nobody got heat stroke in week three I guess..

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Andy
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Week 3, the promise of things to come.

The week 3 team were superb, working through yet more rotten weather but really moved a considerable volume of earth, especially as their trenches were firmly under water for part of the time. Looking like we are going to have a fun summer as a result, with things starting to liven up quite a bit, or at least it will do if the sun starts to shine on a consistent basis. Definitely a series of large ditches to be uncovered, possible causeways and all manner of other good things.

I expect that week 4 will be a another tough one with the weather, but there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel in this department. Thanks to all week 3 team members, you were troopers, photo to follow on Monday.

best,

Andrew

P.S. Also a very, very special thanks to a wonderful volunteer who has donated boxes of new trowels to the excavations, gloves, mats, spades, a water pump, dust sheets, hand shovels, picks and some other wonderful toys. We are extremely grateful sir, and we salute you.
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SacoHarry
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Many thanks Mary for the great pics & captions!

First, an updated plan of the dig, as I understand it. (The map now has the pathways marked so it's hopefully easier to make sense of.)

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Mary's team worked the vastly expanded "Zone 4" on my map -- now broken in 4a on the west and 4b on the east/south. 4a is the site of Eric Birley's early digs of ~1930 when he uncovered the visible stretch of 3rd/4th C aqueduct. Mary's team put deep trenches into the west end of 4a to get at early 2nd C material. 4b has so far been excavated close to the surface, exposing many layers of cobbling.

On to Mary's pics & details!

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"Dan and his group uncovered the clay barrier to a ditch." (west end of 4a)

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"Looking down the aqueduct on Tuesday" (from west end of 4a looking east)

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"Looking down the aqueduct today! Definite surface - a road? We shall see next week..." (big progress in a few days!)

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"Quite a lot of water in the ditch where they uncovered the clay ditch barrier! Tatiana was almost up to the top of her wellies."
(NOTE: For those who don't know, those red pipes are Victorian-era drainage pipes set in the ground to try to improve the land and carry off some of the constant wet. To limited effect! They've been found all over the field.)

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"To say that it was wet on Thursday would be an understatement..."

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"Photo of the area excavated this week the spoil heap is much larger than when we started!" (from SE tip of 4b looking NW)

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"More clay (in the corner) ...and water, of course."

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"I Nearly forgot the most important photo - Justin acting as veterinarian for a cow in the north field that went into labor. Sadly, the calf didn't survive, but we were all incredibly impressed with Justin's quick action and surprising veterinary expertise. A multi-talented man, indeed!"
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Justin-T
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Great updates, thanks Harry and Mary, gives a very clear picture of whats happening on the ground. Trips back to the hut for tea are getting pretty short!
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Happy days again, some photos to look at. Thanks for the update and maps. Impressed by Justin's A&E skills.
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Bill Grigg
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Thanks. Having been involved in digging in area 4 in week 1 it's great to get such a well illustrated update!
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Andy
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week 3 team photo. :-)

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