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Week 6; 7 May - 11 May
Topic Started: May 7 2012, 08:32 AM (2,149 Views)
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Justin's tweet this morning suggests much excitement for the week ahead! What's happening?
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Photos have arrived! Look fab -- should have them up tonight. Great shots of the Severan ditch and new surface (?).
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Pics from snowglobe as promised!

First, as before, quick review of current trenches:
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"Photo from today showing the new de turfed area with a possible building coming through, Jim's trench now full of water again. Lovely lead Phallus found by a newbie only hours in! Rain to finish but a dry day. Freezing cold though" (West end of 4a looking east)

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"Looking north up the Severan ditch? New surface coming through, finding plenty of pottery in my trench at the north end, holds promise for Tuesday" (Standing at south of 4b, looking north)
*** Pete - that cobbling that's showing up there at the bottom (south) of the pic -- is that an earlier vicus road? Or is that another causeway across the Severan ditch, in service at the same time as the ditch?

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"Top of the Severan trench, badger found the ditch edge, on the left centre next to the propped up wheelbarrow."
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Also big thanks to Terry & Pauline for another great collection of photos. Follow this link: http://opa.cig2.canon-europe.com/s/m/F2mCgeWY8Ux (will try to copy shots over here next free moment)

Message from Pauline: "Vindolanda Week 6 Day 1, diggers stuck in after tea on a cold Bank Holiday Monday. Thankfully the promised rain, the scourge of many a British Bank Holiday, held off and we got the whole day in. Pete, alias Snowglobe, is going to take pictures of the archaeology this week so we said we'd send "people" photos rather than send more photos of the same thing."
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Phenomenal pics Tim! The fingerprints always get me, and that half-legible script must be maddening.

Another great batch of shots from snowglobe follow:

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"Sunshine to start the day as work continues over the ditch, the extra cobbles at the south end of the street maybe the hardstanding to unload carts into the storehouse ? Rain stopped play early but Badgers trench throwing up interesting ditch cutting into the Severan one." (Standing at in central/north section of 4b, looking south)

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"Not the grim reaper but Terry chasing the causeway under the cobbled road"

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"Here we have Tim (badger) offering thoughts on a cross cut ditch in his trench, looks like he is offering two suggestions with his right hand" (nice symbolic gesture Tim!)

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"One of badger in thoughtful mood"

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"As badger posted his wood picture, this is an in situ shot, nice black an aerobic layer, the tile came out of the same area."

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"Heavy rain filling trenches, hopefully better morning tomorrow? Looking east across the Severan ditch. Centre is a possible cut for a later ditch."
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I'm remiss! Another great set of "action shots" (or, by mid-day "inaction shots"?) by Terry & Pauline from Day 2, here: http://opa.cig2.canon-europe.com/s/m/B8N8mMACu7x
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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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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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Brilliant, brilliant pics! Thanks tons for all of those. The detail is amazing. And the more I see of the Gauls' work, the more I admire the Severans who came before. That Severan causeway sitting under the Gauls' aqueduct couldn't be a better contrast.
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