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Week 8; 21 May - 25 May
Topic Started: May 21 2012, 10:12 AM (1,268 Views)
SacoHarry
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Got a great set of photos from sarcanon yesterday showing the site on a sunny day just prior to the beginning of Week 8. Here's how things looked before the fun started back up this morning!

First, updated plan:
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Here are sarcanon's shots
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This is the set of 3 trenches Badger had many commentaries on last week. Labeled 7 a,b,c in the plan. From SE corner of 7c looking NW. The far westerly (7a) seems hopelessly filled with groundwater at the moment. The nearest, 7c, seems to have a "rectilinear feature" in stone. No word on date/era -- though it looks like at best foundation stones. 7b, disappearing off to the right of the pic, is high & dry. Early days on that trench.

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From west edge of 4a looking east-ish across all of 4a, b, & c. Badger's 'Sunny Valley' is dead center. 'Colonial Corner' is to top left.

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This image shows the current state of the mid-section of 4a, from S edge of 4a looking N. The western edge of what's left of the aqueduct. This is the natural clay subsoil with the deep cuts into it. Apparently an interesting place with a lot of confusing stuff going on.

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Where 4a & 4b meet, a view of the aqueduct with Severan causeway stones visible and ditches being explored. Apparently there are 2 ditches here, both north-south, both probably of different eras. Maybe one Antonine (Period VI/VI-A) & the later one Severan (Period VI-B)? Confused about this.

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This shot from same location but looking SE across "anaerobe gulch." If you look at the turf line right where the edge of the trenches are, to the left the turf rises as it rolls over the vicus road. To the right, it slumps in the middle, subsiding into the backfilled Severan/Antonine ditches underneath.

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From the south of 4b looking north, showing the work being done to make sense of the ditch(es) in this area.

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4a at the north, looking south. Substantial stonework with nice edges uncovered here, lying under (and thus presumably earlier than) the vicus aqueduct.

Thanks much for the pics! Hope Week 8 is a great one.
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NOT Mick
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Amazing pictures and stories. Thanks to all. Great to hear about some fellow Canucks digging this year. Hope to make a return pilgrimage some year.
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Sue Munro
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And to think the highlight of my digging this year was an empty creme egg wrapper!
Looking good - can't wait to visit the trenches at Friends night.
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Malise McGuire
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I really thought I'd cleaned something interesting on 24th May.

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I thought it was part of a glass rod used for curling Roman ladies' hair but no, its the glass stem off a modern bottle! :'(
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