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Week 13; 25 June - 29 June
Topic Started: Jun 24 2012, 09:14 AM (1,796 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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Amen Tim. Here's a time-lapse video of the storm first hitting Newcastle. Just a wall of water:



Amazingly, Justin's recent tweet shows the trenches back & open for business today! Hat's off to the staff & volunteers, you guys are all hardcore!
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A glorious day today, some light drizzle early on then a bright dry day to finish the week, after bailing we hit the top of a nice double ditch. Satisfying finish to the week. Fast wrk by Andy and staff saved the museum from some nasty flood water.
Snowglobe signing off, no more digging this year.
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Amazing you managed to get any digging in at all after yesterdays deluge - thanks for keeping us up to date Pete..
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It always amazes me how tough the staff & volunteers are in the face of extreme weather! Despite everything that the gods could throw at us, we still managed to get some good digging done over the last 2 weeks. Well done to Andy, Justin, Beth & Alex for dealing with terrible conditions on site and inspiring the rest of us to get on with the archaeology, finding some excellent ditches & organic layers.

I thought my 1st week spent in a tent at Winshields was wet enough, but at least I had the luxury of Codley Gate Cottage for the 2nd (just near the Hedley Centre) . That is until it flooded. Here's a video to show how bad the rain was at the Bradley Burn on the Stanegate: Codley Gate Flood. This was taken about 2 minutes before it started pouring in through the kitchen wall, resulting in 6 hours of bailing & mopping. Andy was dealing with a flood at the museum from the same stream at the same time.

Who'd have thought that the day after (Friday) would be the best day of digging out of the whole fortnight!?

I'll post some photos later.

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All credit to everyone who has had to cope with those conditions, and, as usual, kept on doing a sterling job.

I'm trying to think of something to say about your video that doesn't involve swearing.

Nope...can't think of anything :o

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Some photos of this years excavations along with landscapes & snapshots of some earlier years. Mainly of Vindolanda, but some of the surrounding countryside as well.

The password is 'deluge'

www.mistyriver.co.uk/vindolanda

cheers

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Excellent choice for a password! Crazy days; to think that the very next day everyone was hard at work again. Fabulous.

Following are snowglobe's last three pics from the end of Wk 13:

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"After the deluge yesterday the sun was back out again and we have a new lake at twice brewed just under Windshields! Photo looking west towards Cawfields section of Vallum."

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"The north field looking east as we finished today our section at the back showing a nice section. If the weather holds next weeks diggers should have a busy week."

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"Very good natured bunch who as always with Vindolanda diggers have put up with bad weather and still come up smiling. Mud has played a big part this season."

A huge thanks to you Pete for all the pics and details across so many weeks. It's really helped bring the story of 2012 to life! Hope the momentum continues -- and the rain finally gives it a rest.
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John Sharp, stunning photos on your Misty River pages.
Brilliant and atmospheric.
Lyn and I up next week fingers crossed for better weather.
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Just catching up with what's been happening, heard about the weather on the news (it's only mildly damp here); glad that everyone managed to stop the museum getting flooded. Hate hate floods :ermm: hope the rain stops.
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Just returned from a trip to Avebury, lovely stone circle. Here are a few odd shots taken on the last friday of week 13.
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