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Session 1; 1 - 12 April
Topic Started: Apr 1 2013, 05:53 AM (1,910 Views)
SacoHarry
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Hi all! Here's the placeholder for the opening week/session of the 2013 dig! Please let us know what's going on on-site -- thoughts, pictures, what-have-you. Happy Digging!
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Wednesday's round from Terry! Terry & Pauline write: " Today's batch is action shots showing busy diggers. Bright and sunny all day though still a hint of cold in the air. 5 whetstones found."

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And last but not least, Terry in shorts. :)

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Full set: http://opa.cig2.canon-europe.com/s/m/H3txRKWwHpz
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Great photos Pauline, we may have found our "Mr Vindolanda" for April. Great one of Terry. Thanks for posting Harry.
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More fab photos this evening from Terry & Pauline for Thursday, Day 4. Pauline writes: "A deceptively bright day when diggers got stuck in and trowelled away in very cold weather. That north east wind is still hanging around here though it hasn't put off the stalwart crew. Terry has helped to clear stones away from the surface and reports the usual types of find were made today. This year there is a "housekeeping rota" for the two weeks of digging. A different pair of diggers cleans and tidies the hut at the end of each day while another pair checks that the toolshed's tidy with all tools being clean and ready for the next day's work. By the end of Week 2 each pair will have done both these jobs."

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This next one shows a beautiful N/S wall starting to show up under the pile of rubble in the middle of the trench:
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Much progress in just a few days!
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More & bigger pics here: http://opa.cig2.canon-europe.com/s/m/Hk2rTANcWwF. Many thanks as always for the great shots & updates!
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Regards the previous question on whetstones..

WeDig generally tries to steer clear of too much speculation. That is the job of Andrew and Justin.

But whetstones as an artifact would seem to be fairly non specific. Auxilliaries needed to sharpen swords. Women needed to sharpen kitchen knives. If there were post roman Dark Agers living on site they lost lots of technology but still were sharpening weapons.

So less helpful than some other artifacts in terms of establishing use and dates one would think....

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ps does the Hut Detail also have to stock crackers and tea?
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With Week 1 winding down, Justin has posted a nice write-up of the findings so far: http://vindolanda.blogspot.com/2013/04/week-1-well-what-great-start-to-2013.html
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Q for the experts: So, above the N/S barrack wall there was that huge mass of tumbled stones. Does that suggest that the wall was still standing long after abandonment, and when it crashed down there was no one left to clear the rubble?
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Last pics of Week 1 from Terry & Pauline. Pauline writes: "Well it's the end of the first week with 82 small finds, including a javelin head, to date. A good start to the new season -- if not the next 5 years."

Here's a sampling. Check out the walls showing up everywhere!

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More & larger here: http://opa.cig2.canon-europe.com/s/m/HMDxLxB2uhS

A big thank-you to Terry & Pauline for the great photos & tidbits. Looks like just an amazing kickoff week all the way around!
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Terry S
Apr 2 2013, 03:52 PM
For those who like to know these things; this year's T-shirt is a beige/cream number, with a fetching green circle on the back, bearing the Vindolanda 1800 years (213-2013) anniversary logo in classic white. A collectors item!
This is an important piece of information for female diggers, who need to know what coloured underthings to bring! Thank you :P

(slightly) more seriously, the pics are great and it all looks very interesting. Will be fascinating to see what is being revealed over the weeks ahead. Hope the weather holds good for you all
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1st day of Week 2. And walls everywhere! As Justin tweets, 4th C walls on top of the 3rd C barrack, which is pretty sweet. More pics below from Terry. Pauline & Terry write: "Another very cold, blustery day - thanks to the return of the easterly wind - with sporadic snow showers. A couple of interesting walls appearing in the extreme eastern edge of the site. Finds there include 3 coins and a butcher's knife. Andy is putting up a copy of the Friday group photo in the diggers' hut and is selling it, mounted, for 5. This will be a regular feature."

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As always, more & bigger photos available here!
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Another great set of photos from Pauline again
"Today it's still been cold though a little warmer. Terry and Dave have found a couple of spear/javelin heads"

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Larger images Here
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Andy has updated the Vindolanda blog this morning, this is going to be an interesting season
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Another great set of Photos from our reporter on site
"It's People and Action Shots today showing diggers busily at work in improved weather. It turned a bit warmer today particularly in the afternoon. Tomorrow may see digging extended to the south"

As mentioned in Justin's tweet the Barrack room wall
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An interesting return showing up
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Deturfing continues
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Period 1 diggers at work!
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Can't wait to visit the site tomorrow

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One of those barracks floor shots shows an area of SERIOUS settling. You get used to seeing stones bashed about by later plowing and such but that looks as if there was something giving way underneath.

Time, as always, will tell.

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Another great day on site today, work progressing well and the spoil heap grows ever larger!

A view of the site looking east
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3rd and 4th Cent walls appearing
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The flagged floor, terrys knees not to scale!
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The banner
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Work around the east gate
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Diggers discuss who braves the cold showing off the new diggers shirt!
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The new style diggers tee shirt (thanks to the volunteer model)
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A close up of the wall
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Fantastic photos. Looks to be a successful beginning to the new season.
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