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Week 10; 4 June - 8 June
Topic Started: Jun 4 2012, 06:15 AM (1,127 Views)
SacoHarry
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Hi all. What's happening in the ever-widening trenches for Week 10?
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Justin-T
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Justin's tweet for today has a great picture of a LARGE trench (25m x 12m?) in the north field. Also some sun evident! Am I correct in saying that structures there would likely have been primarily constructed from wood? I should remember this from my digging there in 2010, but memories fade...
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I remember some archived pics (from 09 maybe?) showing good stone walls, but I believe those were closer in to the road. (My sense of place in the North Field is hopeless.) Why am I not surprised the first thing they hit is ditches. ;)

And really cool to see Vindo hosting archaeology field school!
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That does sound vaguely familiar, I think I asked Beth about it in 2010 and she pointed to an area (returned to grass) where they had looked in 2009. The north field is so devoid of features, and I'm guessing that everything we reveal this summer will all be back-filled again and returned to the local ovine and bovine inhabitants, so no new long-term landmarks are likely to emerge either.
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Terry S
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Very warm and very dry in the North Field - even the cattle were sweating (at least I think that's what was coming out of them). Too early to describe anything definitively. Some soil colour differences emerging, as well as bits of pottery and a nice glass bead. Stone structures were found last year near the stone wall, but the stones uncovered today appear jumbled. Unsettled weather forecast for the rest of the week.
Photos to follow with a few vicus pix.
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This is great Terry, I was hoping we'd have at least one WeDigger in the field to give us some updates. The image of cows sweating is filling my brain, looking forward to pictures of them, or even some archaeology. ;)
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It's a great set of pictures -- will try to get them up this evening. But at least this one for now. You don't see this every day.

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As promised, some of Terry & Pauline's shots from Week 10, Day 1. First, the North Field.

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Terry also took time out at the end of the day to survey the goings-on in the main site. First, a refresher plan as it stood at the end of Week 9:

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And Terry's pictures of the "main" dig:

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Site 7 from NW corner, looking SE across 7 & 8 (which have now obviously joined into another mega-trench)

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Site 8 from SE corner, looking back NW across 8 & 7

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Site 5 from the W edge, looking east across 5 and 4a/b. Interesting rectilinear-something in foreground.

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Site 5 from S, looking NE. Great view of the multiple drains/culverts that are coming up.

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Site 4b from NE looking W across the vicus aqueduct, the big earlier Severan stone blocks just to its left, and the glistening much-earlier fort ditch just left again.

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Site 4a from N, looking S. The massive E/W Antonine wall-that-doesn't-belong-there, quickly reflooding.

Thanks again for the pics!
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Terry S
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Tuesday much cooler and light persistent rain fell from mid-afternoon. Midges particularly nasty and some of us resemble Ordnance Survey maps. Continued trowelling the soil levels, exposing the yellow and gray hues. The two clusters of stones were methodically delineated, for further consideration. A number of test trenches were commenced at the north end to ascertain any evidence of ditches. A few promising signs.
In t'other trench in the vicus area, further cleaning out operations continued. Nothing dramatic found (that I know of).
Photos shortly.
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SacoHarry
Jun 4 2012, 07:46 PM
The massive E/W Antonine wall-that-doesn't-belong-there, quickly reflooding.
Is it possible they put this odd wall in is as part of some kind of anti-flooding or water-redirecting measure? Basically shoring up a bank behind, with the intention of directing water away from the fort area? Or to collect it? It also seems like it can't be coincidence that the later drain parallels it exactly.

That's a really nice bit of wall, clearly some substantial effort was put into it for a significant reason in their eyes. Trying to come up with something plausible from 3,000 miles away...
Edited by Justin-T, Jun 5 2012, 02:50 PM.
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It really is a great-looking wall isn't it? Hard to picture it as anything other than a building... but what do I know? It seems they were always doing weird things. Maybe it was the start of a super-large fort perimeter whose plans got changed?

As promised from Terry above, another nice set of shots of the day. Can -almost- see the midges in some of them. First a couple from the North Field:

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And more shots from Terry & Pauline in the "main" dig:


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Soggy site 4a from the north looking SE

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Site 7 from the north looking south across 7 & 8. A mega-trench that seems just on the verge of being pretty interesting.

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Site 5, SE corner looking NW. Overview of the really well-defined set of the now -4- N/S drains/culverts diggers have been hard at work troweling back.

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This is across the visitor path over in the old Site 1a from the first weeks. Standing on the west side looking NNW. That big line of boulders and smaller stone is (I believe?) on the same path as the big E-W Antonine wall that's come up in 4a -- sarcanon's wall next to the vicus. Can anyone confirm? The boulders on top look too high & huge to be Antonine, but what about the more tumbled stones peeking out below?

Thanks again as always for the shots Terry & Pauline!
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Harry:

Indeed. The big stones you see in the photo of Site '1a' just posted do in fact align spot on with the large stones abutting the south of the aqueduct dividing trenches '4a' and '4b'. As for the Antonine wall on the north side of the aqueduct that I helped to uncover, when I was there in Week 8, Justin used the total station to take levels of the top of that wall, and the ground level of the continuation of that alignment on the east side of the path, i.e., in Site '1a'. The ground level of the far side in measured 50 cm higher than the top of the Antonine wall. So Justin was quite confident that with a bit of digging in '1a', it was highly likely the continuation of the Antonine wall would be found.

Now, that was the state of things in Week 8. It's entirely likely some intervening events have resulted in that hypothesis being chucked onto the spoil heap.
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