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Week 15; 9 July - 13 July
Topic Started: Jul 9 2012, 06:35 AM (1,332 Views)
SacoHarry
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Placeholder for Week 15. The weather cams are showing gloom & puddles. Fingers crossed for dry trenches??
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Terry S
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Delayed start - lecture/museum visit took care of the morning. Full afternoon's work achieved. After water was pumped out of the North Field's ditches, levels were taken down gradually. Two nice "artefacts", likely to be late 3rd century, amazingly found in the thick, sticky mud. On the main site, in-filling has commenced along the northern edge. Turf lifting and general soil (mud) removing.
Photos to follow.
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Some of Terry's photos from today, as promised. Amazing how much is happening even with the unending rain.

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North Field trench, standing on western edge looking east across large (early?) E-W ditch system

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North Field trench, center, looking south at (I think) later drain that was placed in/over backfilled early ditch

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Good old Site 4a from early in the year -- parts being excavated, the northern lip being backfilled

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The -massive- Site 7/8 from the NW corner looking east across the water tank... have fully lost the bubble on all the bits & bobs that are in this trench; can anyone help describe what's happening here?

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4b from west looking east across the old N/S defensive ditches and the later N/S vicus roadway beyond it

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An overview from the SE corner of 5 looking N to the aqueduct as the baulk between it and 4b is pulled out

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Another overview of 7/8 from the SE corner looking NW

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Terry reports: "Rained off today. Most diggers went on walk led by Andy, Beth and Katy to Roman Army Museum. Photo shows lunch being taken at Cawfields Quarry. Not looking good for tomorrow."

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Cheers for the photos Terry, despite the weather I hope the shorts are holding up? This is a record year for all the wrong reasons, hope this weeks diggers get some excavation in. Thanks to Harry for posting.
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Terry S
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Despite the forecast, a full day's digging was fulfilled. No action in the North Field due to water loggedness, so all troops were mustered onto the main site. Two new trenches opened further to the west and general progress in all the existing trenches. The infill on the northern edge has grown considerably. As the forecast tomorrow is fab, sterling progress should be made. Photos with Harold.
Yes, Pete, my shorts are holding up fine. Much to the relief of the other excavators.
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Terry's pictures from Wednesday, sorry for the delay!

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new trench opened off SW corner of area 8

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Area 7/8 also being extended to the west

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Another new trench opened off NW corner of area 7

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Along with another extension of 7/8 at its own NW corner

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Northern lip of Area 4a now serving as backfill

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This seems to be in the start of the year's area 1a/1b, tracing another ditch

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The deep N/S ditch system in 4b (near the old "Anaerobe Gulch") getting more work

So the dig widens still more!
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Even from long distance it hurts just a little to see areas backfilled. Near as I can decypher there were areas we just touched in May that never got excavated due to water issues. Now buried. Ah, Moses glimpses the Promised Land. How frustrating it must be for Andy and Justin who go through this all the time.

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Terry S
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Gasp - two full working days on the trot. The midges are especially pleased. Not a drop of rain. Continuing progress, as photos will show. BBC film crew (2) on site, not sure if BBC3 or 4. Will find out and report tomorrow. Over to Harry.
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So, no work again in the North Field today? I'm assuming this is just temporary until things dry out a bit? Although, the forecast for next week doesn't look too clever... :X
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No work in the North Field today and I don't think there will be any tomorrow. Forecast OK for next 24 hours, but all work will be on the main site. Not sure about next week.
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Andy
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Yeah guys,

We absolutely detest backfilling an area which cannot be completed due to the weather (2007 being the last time this happened), but at some stage we have to make the call. Under normal circumstances we may leave this area open until better weather the following season, but at the end of an SMC this is simply not possible. However, we are making progress in lots of other areas despite the conditions, and once again my thanks go out to the team who have been superb to keep going. Well done folks, stiff upper lip and all of that. :-)
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Pictures from Thursday as promised! And what's that.... dry soil? No puddles??

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Progress in new trench off NW corner of 7/8, near temple, looking N

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Progress in new trench of SW corner of 7/8, near temple, looking SE

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Image of drains/stonework (and other unknown features!) in SW corner of 7/8

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Backfilling continuing at northern lip of 4a

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A look down 4a, 4b, 4c into still waterlogged ditch system
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Terry S
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Third dry day under our belts! No work in North Field, but, weather permitting, will re-commence next week.
Photos will reveal the work done today. Lots of pottery and some bone. A couple of nice finds. A brace of birthdays today (Alex and Vicky), celebrated with a choccie cake. And ... at the end of the afternoon, a group photo!
The BBC4 crew on site yesterday were filming for a programme about aerial photography in archaeology. No further info at present.
An excellent week, especially the last 60%. My thanks and best wishes to Pete, Yue, Ralph, John, Margaret, Jamie, Lynda ... and me.
Roll on November.
Edited by Terry S, Jul 13 2012, 02:49 PM.
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Any problems with tree roots up in the trench by the hut? Have they interfered with the arcaheology at all?
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