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Session 1; 1 - 12 April
Topic Started: Apr 1 2013, 05:53 AM (1,804 Views)
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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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The weather reports today show it 3 C. Yuck! Hat's off to staff & volunteers working in the chill. Also, the Northumberland Natl Park website seems to have dialed back their Hadrian's Wall webcams from 3 to 1 -- the only live one now is Cawfields. (Budget cuts?) But Cawfields is still running, as is Hexham Abbey. Check out the So, How's the Weather? page for current conditions & live area video all throughout the year.
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WeDig'er katesf reports: "Cracking start to the 2013 Vindolanda excavations. Large area of turf off to the south of the praetorium and pottery, glass and nails, plus stone rubble. Will get interesting tomorrow." Sounds good!
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Woo-hoo! 1st-day write up on Vindolanda's Blogspot: http://vindolanda.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/the-very-first-day-of-new-five-year.html

Image linked from the Blogspot page of the happy trench work, starting at the southern end of the praetorium, and working back southward: Posted Image
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General location, for orientation:

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And wider shot for better orientation:

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1st day & 1st photo album from Terry S & Pauline! Terry writes: "Full day's digging done! Cold breeze all day, but the sun came out this afternoon and made all the difference. Supposed to be getting gradually warmer as the week progresses and no rain forecast. Today we all lined up east - west and de-turfed, heading south. Good progress and the first coin was found by one of your countryfolk on her first dig. Happens all the time doesn't it? ... Will despatch more tomorrow."

Looking great!

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More pictures (and higher resolutions) at: http://opa.cig2.canon-europe.com/s/m/FvnzaVrnyDN
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Some pics from today's update by Terry. Says Pauline, "Here's the latest from our man at the front. Terry wore his shorts today in true intrepid style and though the weather was cold there was no snow. I've told him to make sure he gets a photo of himself in said shorts tomorrow as he's noted for wearing them. Anthea always wears hers too. It's early days trowelling but stones are appearing that Andy thinks may be a wall. Everyone very enthusiastic and keen to do more tomorrow. Weather forecast for next week is for an improvement."

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More, and larger, photos from this album.
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Andy says that by Monday afternoon they'd already found 4th C pottery, nails, glass, and other Roman debris. This area was buzzing with life for probably 250+ years straight, I'll bet it's choc-a-bloc.
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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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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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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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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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Awesome Andrew!! I think WeDig needs a "Like" button!

(Edited: Oh and look, now it has one! :)
Edited by SacoHarry, Apr 17 2013, 08:13 AM.
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