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Week 20; 13 Aug - 17 Aug
Topic Started: Aug 13 2012, 06:25 AM (1,751 Views)
Gellan
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Back from my time spent digging - it was amazing and great to meet all of you who were there! Very glad we didn't get rained off this afternoon or many of us wouldn't have seen that amazing altar and inscription get found - calling it the highlight of the week is a bit of an understatement but it certainly was! A fantastic end to a fantastic week.

Amongst other things found this week were: a couple of coins, a cloak brooch (I think?), a couple of leather soles, a good portion of an intaglio and a piece of pottery with some letters carved into it. I'm pretty sure there were more but those are the ones I can recall at the moment.

I do have lots of pics but have yet to properly sift through them, so in the mean time I present to you the dynamic duos of Andy + icecream and Justin + tree stump (below the bucket).
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Justin-T: I edited out some information on the small finds, hopefully it's a better shade of vague now. Let me know if not and I'll pare it down further.

There's no definitely no leg-pulling about the altar. Unfortunately it wasn't complete but it was a sizeable piece with clear inscription on it, and a laurel wreath carved around it. One of the words wasn't immediately recognisable, but the others showed it was, I think, dedicated to Diana, goddess of the Hunt by either the first or second cohort of Tungrians. I got a few photos of it but I'm not sure if I'd be overstepping a mark by sharing them - unsure of the protocol here!

Perhaps a bit later on today I'll have some time to sit down and sort through the photos and put together some panoramics and hopefully some of you will be able to see areas that you've been working in.

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Very interesting article there. The bit about the festival to Diana being celebrated on August 13th makes me think it quite fitting that the altar should be found in the week that began on that day.

I could only see one I in the inscription so to my mind it is the first cohort, but another digger was saying something about there possibly being another I... whether or not that is actually the case, I don't know. We shall find out soon enough, though, as it's definitely a museum piece!

Do you think it would be alright for me to post some pictures of it, or should I hold back and wait for some sort of official go-ahead/permission?
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Aye, I thought something like that might be the case.

Right, I've gone through a lot of my pictures and put together some panoramics. I kept them rather large so that some detail of the areas will be visible. I'm afraid that my photos don't extend to the trenches on either side of the path near the west gate as I wasn't working in those areas. There might be some areas vaguely visible of said trenches that were on the side of the path that the excavator's hut is on, but most likely not in any great detail. If there are any requests for bigger photos of areas in the panoramics, let me know and I'll see what I can sort out as I might have different angles in other photos and whatnot. I do have some photos of the areas over the path to the left in the first panoramic if they're wanted.

Anyway enough waffle, enjoy!

Edit: Not sure what the etiquette is on photos of other finds (shoes, graffiti pottery and general shots of find bags) is but I do have those as well if they're of any interest/allowed.
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Edited by Gellan, Aug 19 2012, 05:34 AM.
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Thanks for that, Andy. A deeper air of mystery descends upon it!
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Another panorama for your perusal.
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Thought I'd take them down just in case, but if they're alright to put up then I shall re-upload!

1/ Piece of pottery with graffiti on it. An 'r' is visible to the right. Possibly one or two more letters to the left of it but I'm unsure on that.

2/ A freshly found leather shoe-sole.

3/ Typical bag of finds at the end of a day - bits of animal bone, pottery and brick. Can't see any animal teeth in there for that day in question! Nice bit of rim centre-left, possibly a bit of slag just to the right of it and a bit of mortaria centre-bottom.

4/ Another typical bag.

5/ The bit of rim from photo #3.
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SacoHarry: Good to know. I do have more pictures of finds but they're mostly the same as the bag shot.

Justin-T: Agreed. You can imagine people wearing them today, as well. I'm pretty sure there are sandals you can buy that are similar in style to Roman designs.

There was another sole found which I didn't get a picture of unfortunately; it was smaller in size, perhaps for a woman or a teenager. Quite a sight to see and imagine it on the foot of a person so long ago.
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