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Week 5; 30 Apr - 4 May
Topic Started: Apr 30 2012, 06:30 AM (1,406 Views)
SacoHarry
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Hi Week 5'ers. What's happening? Looks from Justin's tweet this morning that there will be plenty of new ground opened up. Fingers crossed for a great week!
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Pics came, look great! Alas tech difficulties here and down to iPhone 3G connection - no way to upload, prob til Wednesday! Brilliant road running N/S at east stretch of site 4a/b/c from Wk 4 thread. Great looking drain too in road proving its direction. But so many cobbles!
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Tim, you are to be commended for learning the arcane arts! Thx for that. Maine still functional. Current troubles stem from visiting family witha generational aversion to modern technology!
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That Severan causeway is a thing of beauty! Having found it, does that mean it's now known where the Severan west gate was??
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As Pete said, a great batch of end-of-week pictures. Amazing what's been done in little more than a month! Pete was working in the NE corner of 4a in the plan below:
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"Had some rain today hence a raindrop on the lens but it's been a good week for digging. This shot shows the old Birley trenches with interesting round structures, may be pre roman?"

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"Looking east at the causeway over the Severan ditch today"

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"Rainy shot of the road possibly built over the Flattened Severan rampart, nice new road drain appearing on right." (standing at S end of 4b, looking south)

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"Looking south along the Severan ditch an interesting stain appearing (centre)"

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"My trench cut into the ditch, two hard days clearing rock and clay cap. Water is now pouring in. No finds but the diggers further down the site found pond weed & twigs so the preservation in there shows promise. Roll on Monday. Paved slabs next to the wheelbarrow seem to be rising over another boggy area?"

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"Looks like the north/south road great drainage ditches on both sides." (SE corner of 4c, looking north)

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"Andy showing Tony Birley the ancestral trenches dug in the 30's. Now modern pumps helping keep then dry(ish)."
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Question about the aqueduct. It obviously runs right toward the N/S vicus road. Back when it was operating, did it cross the road? Go under it? Was it an open water channel like a drain? A closed-off boxed channel that you had to walk over? Or did it terminate at the road in a (now gone) trough/tank?
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