Welcome Guest [Log In] [Register]

Justin Blake's official Vindolanda excavation Twitter feed

Unless otherwise noted, all plans below are unofficial interpretations only.
They are meant to help orient diggers & friends.
They are not designed to scale, nor to imply archaeological accuracy.

Welcome to We Dig Vindolanda!

Username:   Password:
Add Reply
Week 22; Aug 27 - Aug 31, the final week!
Topic Started: Aug 28 2012, 12:46 PM (1,494 Views)
mooseandhobbes
Member
[ *  * ]


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
MooseandHobbes
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
mooseandhobbes
Member
[ *  * ]
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.



Attached to this post:
Attachments: P1000333.jpg (5.72 MB)
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
mooseandhobbes
Member
[ *  * ]
pic 2
Attached to this post:
Attachments: P1000315.jpg (3.23 MB)
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
mooseandhobbes
Member
[ *  * ]
pic 3
Attached to this post:
Attachments: P1000297.jpg (4.69 MB)
Offline Profile Quote Post Goto Top
 
« Previous Topic · 2012 · Next Topic »
Add Reply