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Week 22; Aug 27 - Aug 31, the final week!
Topic Started: Aug 28 2012, 12:46 PM (1,532 Views)
Justin-T
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Digging is done on day two of the final week of the 2012 season, any news about what's happening on site?
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After yesterdays terrible weather I guess there may have been some bailing out to be done? Sunny we await your report or e mail me & I'll post if you have photos. Can't believe the season is nearly over.
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Oh hellooooo :D

Yesterday was nowhere near as terrible as the weather map would have you believe and we didn't lose any of the day at all. Today was idyllic digging weather; sun, a light breeze, lovely.

I'm in the Twicey, hiding from the quiz (which ha sreturned to Tuesdays), having just returned from an excellent talk on the human remains from Vindolanda, given by none other than Dr Trudie Buck.

I've been going round getting some pics together and I'll post some in a bit, once the Twicey wifi stops playing silly beggers. I just wanted to let you know that I haven't forgotten about you and I'll post pics asap.

TTFN
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Don't mention who suggested it, but I've found a surreptitious reset of their router can work wonders. :$

Just go to the back corner of the back room and you'll see the router up on a small shelf. Turn the switch off at the main plug into the wall for 10 seconds and then back on, and I would predict that in about a minute or three the ether will be swimming through the internets again...

Looking forward to seeing the piccies.
Edited by Justin-T, Aug 28 2012, 05:50 PM.
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Ask Snowglobe about re-setting routers sometime!
Badger :P
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Hi folks, some great photos from mooseandhobbes

"We had a lovely start to today and beautiful sunshine up until about 2pm, when the heavens opened with a vengeance and Andy sent us all for an early bath. Ironically, the sun came out again a bit later, but by then the damage was done as some of the trenches were already a bit of a mud-bath and the rain just made them untenable. We're hoping to make up some of the time tomorrow and I have high hopes for a great day"

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"This was my home for Monday and Tuesday"
photo 2
"Trench Buddy 1"
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"Trench Buddy 2 (guess those knees)"
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"Our home once we'd been at work for a little while. There were only a few finds out of here, mainly animal bone (including a stag's jaw) and a few bits of pot, but we were really looking for the bottom of the ditch."
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"I'm afraid that Badger's tree stump has gone, where it once was is now under a load of spoil."
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"I was working in about the middle of here in May. This orangey layer is definitely not the natural."
photo's 7 & 8
Sarcanon's Wall, I understand that Sarc's wall may have carried an earlier viaduct than the one that you can see in the picture, but I don't know how certain this is.
photo 9
"there are lots of areas with good anaerobic conditions, yilding such beauties as this..."
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Great pix Sunny.
No guesses on the knees. Not even on the era of their owner!
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Those knees belong to Anthea. I would know them anywhere.
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Huh. If you had shown me her Boston Red Sox cap that would have been easier.
I know rank speculation is discouraged, but if Sarcanon's Wall carried an aqueduct it would seem to have been a larger one. What, did the Romans invent water and energy saving bathhouse appliances? ;)
Awaiting the Wisdom of the Wise....
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and adieu mysterious tree, we hardly knew ye....
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Super photos, Sunny. Thanks so much.

- Scott
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Thanks Sunny,
Photo 9 was a beauty. The details are so clear. I am intrigued with the area in photo 6 were I was digging in May/June as well. Is there any chance you could squeeze a summary from the 3 wise ones as to what they believe was happenning in the area and future plans for the area if any? Or are they just going to back fill and let nature reclaim.
Cheers Paul
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Thanks for the pictures, we were just talking about finding shoes in another thread, and lo and behold, there's a cracker. Looks to be almost complete.
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Hi All,

First... I said that the orange clay was not the natural, but I may have Ďmisspokení. Andy gave a round-up this afternoon and it seems that the site has been terraced, in order to take account of the slope, and that the orange clay is the natural, but in others itís been re-deposited over earlier occupation levels and then built on. Iím sure that Andy will correct that if Iíve got it completely wrong, but it make sense of the occupation levels under the, apparently, natural clay.

Picture 1 shows the Ďnaturalí but in the trench at the far end you can see it on top of earlier, pre-Hadrianic, occupation levels.

Hi Paul, all the slots in the orange clay are basically drainage gullies, to help them cope with all those $*!- springs, I guess. Itís all going to be backfilled to protect the archaeology until the next time (whenever that may be).

Weíve had pretty good weather this week (pic 2 is from this morning), with just a sprinkling of rain at the end of today, which didnít deter us in the slightest. Today has been a shoe-fest. Andy and Kate were having trouble keeping up with all the finds, also including stamped samian, a couple of wooden combs, leather tent panels, a couple of stylus tablets and a bung for something like a barrel, half a a quern stone, a lovely flagon neck and a plastererís palette!

And finally, this is a warning, pic 3 shows what happens when there's a draw in the Tuesday quiz. It involved bananas. You have been warned.

Well, thatís 2012. Roll on 2013.



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