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Week 13; 25 June - 29 June
Topic Started: Jun 24 2012, 09:14 AM (1,798 Views)
snowglobe
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Andy was in the trenches this afternoon pumping them out so hopefully the weather will behave? Never seen the ground in summer so waterlogged.
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SacoHarry
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The Web cams on the How's the Weather? page look puddly and grim. How are the trenches today? Anything happening?
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Latium.L
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Excellent web cams for Hadrians Wall all three look good for today if overcast, what a bonus to be able to see the area, watched some walkers pottering through.
Hope some digging goes on for everyone today.
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A dry day on site Andy and Justin's pumping has worked. All areas seem to be coming along well, defining the edges of a large roman ditch in the north field and plenty of areas providing interest in the vicus. Photos lodged with Harry, watch this space.
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As promised, snowglobe's shots:

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"Work continues in the north field, an early start by the students to bail the trenches much appreciated. A full day was completed and the possible roman ditch running centre through the photo is being defined. Alex breached a pocket of water higher up the site and it poured beautifully through the drain on the left."

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"Another view looking east down the line of the roman ditch"

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"Back in Vicus the water tank is continuing to be exposed in the centre of the photo, some water in the trenches but work is moving on a pace, plenty of new de turfing." (Site "7" on the weekly plans, standing on western edge looking east)

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"Looking west towards the ticket office a nice drain is appearing right along the road way. Bottom left is the well feature mentioned by Justin. A very mixed up picture."

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"An overview of the trench, Andy on pump duty. Water tank centre right." (Standing at NW corner of site "7" on plans, looking SE)

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"Water management keeping the flooding at bay." (Site "5" on plans, SW corner, looking NE)

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"Just a close up of the feature, nice stonework."

Thanks Pete!
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Great stuff, vicus and north field both seem to be living up to their promise at the beginning of the season. Appropriate that a water tank and drains are major features this "summer"... :P
Edited by Justin-T, Jun 25 2012, 12:56 PM.
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Thick mist shrouding the Twice Brewed this morning but looking dry, guess the Wedig crowd are all on holiday? any comments on photos welcome Is anyone viewing ?
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Yes, am viewing - nice pix, looking forward to Thursday - up for Friends' Evening on Saturday. Hope its not like last year where there was a nice display of brollies! :D
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If there's anyone working in the trench shown in the 5th photo , centre back (with the person in the blue top), then please let me know how it's going - I'm gutted I only got three days with it! We'd pulled up lots of bone and pottery but had just started going down deeper with it and getting all the good stuff before the rain started! :'(

Photos look good! Hope the weather stays fine for you all.
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It will be interesting to see how big that water tank really is. From the amount of water going through the site I would have expected something larger.
I must admit to knowing little about roman water tanks....you generally see them in the fort with thin stone upright slabs above the ground. Would a set into the ground one need a pump of some sort?
Dig on.
Yes Snowglobe your pictures are being viewed with envy.
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I guess they could have used it essentially as a well, removing water as needed with buckets? The spring would have kept refilling it, so could have served as a larger daily source for agricultural/small industrial needs??

Rest assured that many are looking at the pictures with interest, to a man/woman wishing they were digging with you!
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Or could this have been a settling tank? If the springwater coming in from higher up was loaded with sediment, maybe a tank in the ground like this would settle out some of it, making it cleaner & clearer going on. Did Romans do that?
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Yes they did.
The London ampitheatre still has a lot of its plumbing and includes a silt-trap, and there are settling tanks associated with the floodwater harvesting systems in Libya (although these are primarily indigenous, the technology is definitely in use).
I believe that there is a settling tank at Chesters too (anyone know for sure?).

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That would make sense, and having it close to the source, high above the level of the vicus and fort below. However, Justin is talking about (in his tweet today, includes a nice pic) a "drain" leading away from it. Wouldn't that just get it "dirty" again?
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Jun 26 2012, 11:10 AM
"...Wouldn't that just get it "dirty" again?
If the stone lining was nice & tight when it was first laid down, and capped well, I bet water could get through it nicely without picking up much "gunk" at least along the 100 yards or so til its destination. The natural clay there on site doesn't get scooped up too easily by flowing water. Sand would, but clay kind of wants to stay put once it's packed down into the ground.

And how cool is that, Sunny, that there are still signs of how they used to do it all??
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