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Week 11; 11 June - 15 June
Topic Started: Jun 11 2012, 10:02 AM (769 Views)
SacoHarry
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Hi all! What's happening this week?
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An updated map for the end of Wk 10/start of Wk 11:

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(zoomed-out version here)

From Justin's tweets it looks like interesting things happening in the NW corner of 7. Proper stone wall foundations & right-angles. Who's on site & can help shine a light about this & other goodies?
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Justin-T
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Looks very intriguing, looking forward to seeing what becomes of it. I wonder how much further west the buildings go?
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Excellent picture on Justin's Twitter feed about the happenings over in the NW corner of "7" on the plan. Really good-looking stonework.

And Beth & Alex's blog is reporting that some of the cobbling showing up over in the North Field is actually Victorian -- with a neat array of Victorian pottery & ceramics coming up.

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Details of this week in the North Field -- as well as nice pictures of the Wall itself -- here.

Who from WeDig's in the main trenches this year? Would love to see more of what's coming up & where.
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Bag nearly packed and camera ready for next week, any diggers in the twice brewed pub this Sunday, see you there.
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with you in spirit on Sunday, smile in a generally westward direction and think of poor working drudges.
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^ what he said.
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I will raise a glass to friends old and new, please print off and place on work desk if you cannot attend on Sunday night!
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SacoHarry
Jun 13 2012, 02:02 PM
And Beth & Alex's blog is reporting that some of the cobbling showing up over in the North Field is actually Victorian -- with a neat array of Victorian pottery & ceramics coming up.
Dang. Seemed like it had a good chance to be a Roman feature, a metaled roadway of some kind.

That pint does look mighty tasty, 6 weeks to go before I can down one of those...
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Not much to report for this week. Monday was spent deturfing to reveal more of the western area particularly the road and ditch that had been found the previous week. The rest of the week was involved in peeling back the layers to find these features. As Justin has tweeted, one group found a lovely drain which curves round to the west. Not much in the way of small finds. We were unable to dig on Friday due to the rotten weather but we had a series of excellent lectures instead that were very informative. Thanks to Justin and Barbara.

Looking forward to next week which hopefully will allow for a full week's digging.
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Just about ready for setting off, ready for next week! Got my waterproofs packed!

See you next week! :)

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Finished work today by selling off the last of my drought resistant plants between heavy rain showers, hopfully installed in Twice brewed tomorrow. Trowel packed.
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Looking forward to getting started tomorrow. The forecast is looking slightly better, so a week under canvas at Winshiels is looking a little more comfortable.

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I have some pictures to put up from Week 11 and can do so later on - But let me update you on here about the North Field (which may repeat some of the blog, but bear with)

There was a lot of wet weather over the weekend from Weeks 10 -11 and that meant a lot of bailing out in the first hour - but what the rain also showed was some dark stains in the North part of the trench to the left of the ditch we had been working on in Week 10.

Avril and Ian troweled that area to see what it could yield. Most of the other groups then started to dig deeper ditches in the Southern part of the trench.

I, with a student archaelogist called Gary, worked on a rubble wall that was almost central to the trench, starting in the middle and going towards the East. Even though it had been lovingly cleaned up the week before it was decided that the wall meant nothing and we were to remove it and dig a deep trench underneath, like everyone else was.

Gary and I removed the stones from the ditch only to find that underneath was a stone drain system - that we were not expecting. This was when things started to make more sense in the trench - for example - the ditch from Week 10 stopped at the point where the stone drain started. We also discovered, through the difference in soil, that at the point where the ditch met the drain, there had been a dip pit - so the suggestion was that water collected in the ditch - went into the pit and was siphoned off somewhere in the stone drain?

I will put up some pictures later on which will hopefully make more sense of this. If you have any questions about last week then let me have them!

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*correction. Gary and I removed the stones from the wall in the trench..
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