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Week 9; 28 May - 1 June
Topic Started: May 28 2012, 10:13 AM (2,206 Views)
SacoHarry
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Placeholder for the new week. What's happening??
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4C after drain clean up
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Anaerobic Gully
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Last two
Scott' s wall opened up a little more and an overall shot.
Hope that helps a bit
Cheers
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SacoHarry
May 30 2012, 01:04 PM
Maybe everything should just be "4-something" from here on out. I like that!

Love the pics, especially:

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I got those 3 drains/ditches right, right? (For those keeping track, this is standing in the north of 4a at the western edge of the aqueduct; looking south into what's becoming 4d.)

Were these defenses at all? Or just basic drains/water channels for the early forts?
I dunno wot they were. Spent some time with Paul in the one to the far left of the pic, which had something like hard standing at the bottom of it. Compacted pebbly type layer (for want of an euhm, technical, term), some big flag-stone type things and cobble-like things too. The drains/ditches are intriguing though.

Thanks for posting the extra pics Paul - really interesting to see what's happening.
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it's amazing to see how much the dig had progressed since i was there in week 6, and how much it's dried out! Great pictures everyone.
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Day 4 in "Sunny Valley/Claire's corner"
Not so Sunny today. Rained quite heavily all day. Andrew called an early lunch and early finish.
Managed to clean and define a bit more of the drains but no pics, but will update for my final day tomorrow.
Claire, the interesting thing is that the cobbled flooring in that corner seems to finish where you left it. There is a big clay bank in front of it and another clay bank where I was digging.The drain runs all the way to the back of the trench and expands as it progresses.
And the depth just keeps going down as we go.
I am hoping that tomorrow is fine as I would like to have the drain open in all its glory before I leave.
I do think that the digger that inherits this piece of ground will have an interesting time though as there is the potential for another anaerobic gully there.
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Paul
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I have some pics from week 9. All from area 7b.

Only one pic from day 1 (28.05.12). De-turfing and extending 7b to the west.

Top right corner shows early excavation of possible drainage ditch which becomes clearer as week progresses.

EDITED to correctly identify this as area 7b.
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Thanks for the pic! Would love to see more as the week progressed. The features over there in "7" are confusing to me -- I hope I got the placement of the road right on the latest plan. Any advice on what you all found and where would be most appreciated!
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I was digging in trench 4b this week, directly south of the aqueduct wall. This basically involved dropping down to the line of the huge perimeter ditch mentioned in previous weeks, which seemed to be curving around from N to E as it passed under the aqueduct. The ditch being so deep and wide, it was fairly slow progress, although some interesting finds came out towards the end of the week: some very fine fragments of glass (about 2mm thick), a leather tent panel...
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...the intact sole of a shoe, complete with cupped heel (on underside in this picture)...
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...and most importantly, this beautiful Samian dish, stamped 'MICC...'. Andrew suspects that rubbish would have been periodically scoured out of the ditches and dumped in a big municipal rubbish heap (so far not found!). This dish would probably have been one of the last pieces of rubbish thrown in and is the first piece of datable evidence to be found for this feature. Yay! :D
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Sorry for the delay to Day 5 digging, but have been driving around bonny Scotland all weekend.
We started cleaning the known gutters/drains with exception to the most westerly one, which was to wet to work on.
My drain in the corner although quite extensive defied all expectations and produced nothing except a few shards of pottery.
Ian and Marcels drain in the middle was the star with several good finds including a 3 legged cooking pot(minus one leg)
A couple of the girls were tasked to strip the top layer of the section between our drains only to find another large drain.
Hopefully a new team will continue to develop this area so we can work out what was happening here as Andrew and the team are scratching their heads at the moment.
Hope to see all next year
Paul
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Here's a few of the rest of the site at days end.
Photo 1- Looking south at 4c
Photo 2 - Anearobic gully looking north
Photo 3 - 4b looking east from edge of 4d
Photo 4 - 4a looking east at Scott's wall
Photo 5 - 4d looking west at the futher extension after deturfing. This is now getting close to 7c/d just visible in the background
Photo 6 - 7b looking west showing the drain and stone work.
Photo 7 - 7b and d looking south showing road, drain and stonework.Both pits are combined now
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Tuesday 29.05.12. Western extension to 7b now de-turfed.

Top of pics 1 and 2 and right of pics 3 and 4 appear to show fallen walls. Lots of randomly piled stones but a number of them with flat facings.

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Tuesday 29.05.12 continued

Top right corner of pic shows further excavation of drainage ditch next to road surface. In this ditch an intaglio, possibly made of quartz and depicting a seated figure was found.
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