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Session 4; Session 4 of the 2013 excavations at Vindolanda
Topic Started: May 12 2013, 12:55 PM (3,179 Views)
charlie
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Session 4 has officially begun.....

The Hedley residents are here.
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End of day 6 for group 4.
Trench is starting to show some good features on the Eastern rampart end, ongoing digging around the building and rampart in the first few photos.
Middle section in the following couple shows the robber trench progressing. No features but Sunny had a couple of good finds at the end of the day. An arrow head was also a good find in this region and the finder was pretty happy after the previous weeks frustration in this region.
Final few photos show the Western rock features. No firm decision on interpretation but it continues to provide some good finds.
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Weather was pretty shocking over the weekend but still managed to walk some of the wall on Sunday.
A few photos to share.
Couple of cheeky blighters showing no respect for the wall.
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Deb, on a mission in the robber trench.
Probably practising for when she meets those robbers.
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Thanks for the updates everyone.

Seems a long time since session three ended.
Great to see the progress.
Good luck and fair weather for the rest of the week.

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A dry day for my visit today to see how session 4 are doing. The robber trench looks like a large one but only deturfing will tell?
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The Aqueduct excavated last year is looking great with its new fibre glass sections
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The intervallum road, quite a jumble!
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Thanks for the photos. That aqueduct looks fantastic!
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Robber trench is a somewhat elastic term. It is hard to imagine any farmer wanting the jumbled and beat up stones in this area. Early antiquary trench? But I thought they mainly headed straight for the interesting stuff like gates and temples/praetoria?

Looking forward to more info, as always after leaving the site.

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May 22nd,
The weather stayed clear of precipitation, although a brisk wind settled in and the sky remained cloudy. There were several significant small finds today, and there appeared to be quite a large amount of progress around the entirety of the site. At the same time it appears most people are beginning to feel the last few weeks through the various aches and pains that is the price of archaeology.

I've attached up to date photographs of the excavation, including closer looks at the intervallum road and the robber trench.
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Have added a few more views from site to back up Chalies post from today.
We have now got 80% of the "robber trench" down to a clay layer which we believe is the start of an earlier period.
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A few more photos of the Eastern rampart workings. You can definately see some walls and lines starting to appear, continuing the previous weeks diggings
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So many great photos! Striking to me how far down you're all having to dig to get to the 3rd C intervallum road. An amazing amount of build-up on top of it.
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Question for those in the know. So, sitting here 3,000 miles away, here's what I see in one of bishpt's great pics:

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Wall 1 is the southern east-west running wall that died into the robber trench.

Does it connect with north-south Wall 2? (Meaning, are they part of the same building?) And is it / are they connected to the very long east-west Wall 3 that was found early in the year?

Lastly, the arrow points to what looks like flagstone flooring going up & over Wall 1. If Wall 1 is 4th C, does this mean the flag floor is part of an even later building, maybe post-Roman?

I -so- wish I was there this year. This jumble of walls & floors & roads & drains is incredible!
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Due to the fact that only one day remains in the 4th period of Vindolanda's 2013 excavations, I am trusting bishpt to update this forum with recent excavation photos as I am attaching photos of the the group to this post.

So here you all are:

If you want to download these pictures, merely right click and select 'save link as' OR open the image and save it as a .jpg.



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ALSO, for those who are not aware, the aqua duct that starts beside the excavators shed, runs under the wooden planks, and continues off into the ditch, has now been completed

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Great pictures of the dig so far, and of the aqueduct. It shows a flow of water running through it - am I right in assuming that this is the water that was appearing in our trenches last year and making the diggers hut end of the site so wet ? Is the other end of the aqueduct leading out from what we were calling the "water tank" ? Is this where the spring is ?
Thanks to all who post the photos for us poor souls who were unlucky, and we hope for some more good ones from session 5 next week !
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