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Week 6; 7 May - 11 May
Topic Started: May 7 2012, 08:32 AM (2,078 Views)
SacoHarry
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Justin's tweet this morning suggests much excitement for the week ahead! What's happening?
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Ooh! Roomier tea hut, when did that happen? in 2010 there wasn't nearly that much room for people to sit inside (Terry & Pauline photo 3 in the set linked in post above).
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Antediluvian edition.

Deluge forecast for tomorrow. To get in the mood we find a cherubic looking Snowglobe bailing seepage water while singing bawdy songs about the Titanic sinking
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Interesting layers popping up here and there. Here is my brother Fred and the far traveling Carolyn (comes from Japan, across Russia) starting some dark interesting stuff with posts coming through.
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Remember a few days ago when I suggested that the prime feature of our trench was deep ditches that would preclude later building on top of them? Here is the view at the end of the day in the Nigel/Snowglobe excavation:

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The comment from our Supervising Archeologist was approximately "Oh my goodness".

I may save a few shots for our likely rain day tomorrow, but here is a nifty perfume vial. We really should be finding these by the dozen in what must have been a smelly environment. Perhaps those amphorae held something other than oil and wine!

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Edited by Badger, May 9 2012, 01:01 PM.
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The weather is fairly bad outside the window here at Once Brewed, in fact I'm using a waste bin as I have a water feature appearing through the roof so may have to bail out the room. Just as the trench was looking interesting.
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Grim rain today - but great photos of sunny yesterday Tim - any chance you could post photo of lead seal if it came out ok?
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Rain, rain, go away! Another batch from snowglobe on yesterday evening's jaunt up Barcombe Hill, and the swimming pools that were once trenches.

The first 5 from Wednesday:
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"Great walk with Mike tonight onto Barcombe hill, lots of interesting new theories to add to last years ramble. Rather cold and rainy."

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"It's the closest I can get to an Aerial shot! If you look closely you can see my trench filling up."

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"Looking over to the diggers hut, round feature now pumped out again."

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"The North South road is a thing of beauty, hope it will be preserved in in some form?"

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"Andy's test cut into the later ditch through the Severan large ditch provokes some discussion."

And the state of affairs today:
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"No digging today very heavy rain and trenches filling up with rain"

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"Looking up the Severan road/river!"
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And also 3 great shots from Pauline of the state of things yesterday before the deluge. Beautiful images of how the Period VI-B Severan ditch and causeway lay under the Period VII vicus road and aqueduct.

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Above is a lead seal found Wednesday by Fiona and company. Said to fit over the bung of an amphora. Seems geometric rather than having useful info as to its origins. I understand that many were found at the huge storage depot at South Shields, but that overall they are uncommon as lead would usually be melted down.

As is appropriate in these matters, checked with supervisors and got the ok to post.

Fiona, if you want the full res. version click on your inbox top right for more info.

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Wind & rain continues to beat on the window, not looking good. Good gang of diggers this week made more than made up for the lost time.
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Weather unexpectedly improved and a spirited half day of digging ensued. Jackets on and off every fifteen minutes of course.

Will post a few pics later.

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martin
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Thanks everyone, I had a great week digging. The weather could have been better, but hey, you can't have it all! I hope it dries out fast for the next lot of victims/diggers and hope to be back soon.
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Great lecture from Andy this morning and a sunny (ish) afternoon, a new area for Harry to add.
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Brilliant pictures, you make it all look far more inviting that it must have been to work in.
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Walked through the fort this morning before we knew the weather would lighten. All drains were full and overfull. I hope this image captures the "underwater archeology" of the moment:
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Walking down to the vicus site I noted the huge slab removed a few weeks ago. No mysteries beneath, alas. Here it sits awaiting its fate:
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On site one crew with Pierre (Brinno X), my brother Fred, Caroline and a new digger named Linda got to "near anarobe" levels. Here are some nice barrel staves or bucket parts.Posted Image
Finally, Jeff, Snowglobe and myself were put to deturfing duty. A few enigmatic artifacts including this rather modern pull tab from a beer can! Andy, did you quaff this back in the 70s?
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More great pics! Glad you were able to salvage something of the day. And exciting to see barrel/bucket bits!

So 4b & 4c are juuuuuust about to meet up, and then ... gosh, what to call the one out to the west of 4a? I think instead of extending the "4" madness to 4d, this new plot will get "7." Will try to work on the new plan over the weekend.
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I am the sed newbie that found the lead Phallus :)

Thanks to everyone for making me feel so welcome, I will be back! ;)

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