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Week 13; 25 June - 29 June
Topic Started: Jun 24 2012, 09:14 AM (1,814 Views)
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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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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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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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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mooseandhobbes
Jun 27 2012, 07:52 AM
I've just seen Justin's tweet. Rained off again. The weather webcams tell a sorry tale :'(


Holy wow! The Winshields one is nothing but a big ball of gray. The other two little better. :(
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This morning's batch from a waterlogged snowglobe!

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"Got a mornings work in but constant heavy drizzle after a night of rain put a stop to things by noon."

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"A view today of the drain that appears to run from the water tank."

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"Earlier today plenty of organics coming from the ditch, test trench top right showing black ditch silt, same ditch or double ditch?"

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"Badly messed up picture with a wall showing centre left, well feature Centre and the road running top left across the blue pipe, note ice cream kiosk window top centre, god loves an optimist!"

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"Looking north east (to the diggers shed) the tank resumes its task after 1800 years"

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"Another of my panoramic shots looking east, no Barcombe hill today."

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"Looking south from the diggers hut"
(larger version available here)

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"Very muddy up in the north field, ice creams this year are great even in the rain"

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"Looking east over the water tank"
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The story so far:

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A few shots from snowglobe on-site are coming soon.

In the meantime, a video-capture of a lightning strike hitting the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle this morning. Yikes!
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(whole video here)
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Belated pics from snowglobe!

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"A view out of the diggers hut this afternoon!"

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"Running to grab tools in the downpour" (deturfing between 4b & 4c)

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"First thing this morning, bailing and mud clearance but rain returned"

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"No need to use a tap to clean hands this afternoon."
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Some stunning pics this morning of floods in downtown Newcastle. And a report that the Vindo museum nearly flooded yesterday, held back by the quick work of the brave staff. Will post Newcastle pic when I get nr comp and off phone.
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Newcastle city-centre:

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Hope everybody's homes -- and selves -- in the area are OK!
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Perhaps the Mayans were on to something?
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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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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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