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Session 7; 1st - 12th July
Topic Started: Jun 30 2013, 03:31 PM (1,278 Views)
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Opening the week with an amazing peek & overview of the wattle-and-daub timber buildings found deep in the vicus layers: http://vindolanda.blogspot.com/2013/07/circulars-and-period-iv-extramural.html?spref=fb
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Another terrific update from Justin on the end of Week 13 here!

All the voussoir stones reused as flooring go back to an idea I had a couple years back. There's talk that Vindolanda's bath-house was still standing -- or at least one roof was -- as late as the 17th/18th Centuries. I've always found that unlikely. 5th/6th Century Vindolanda was a tiny concentrated speck of "civilization" huddled inside crumbling walls, with lawlessness outside. (A lot of that lawlessness would have consisted of raids from well-armed rabble at other post-Roman fortlets.) It seems hard to believe that the head of 5th C Vindolanda would let an outbuilding like the bath-house stand, where an enemy could hide behind its walls or use it strategically within downhill arrowshot of the fort. I've always imagined that by that time, it had been leveled, at least enough not to pose a threat.

Any thoughts from others on whether the voussoir stones shed any light -- and what that light is?
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Thanks for the link Sunny!

Also, in fighting the mid-season WeDig lull, take a look at the amazing write-up on the Western Classical Studies page of the pre-Hadrianic wooden/organic remains found in the vicus: http://westernclassicalstudies.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/trench-b-the-pre-hadrianic-vicus/
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Justin-T has kindly permitted reprinting of his blog material here on WeDig. His is a great site, and I highly recommend visiting it for the day-to-day. Below is a good sample of what he's putting up. This from last Thursday:

"We had drizzly rain on and off all day, only becoming dry in late afternoon. A heavier spell of drenching rain came at 10:30, leading to a retreat to the tea hut and a decision being made to take an early lunch and restart at noon. In the end we only lost half an hour of digging overall, by putting in a long post-lunch session from noon to 2:30.

It was largely uneventful day, with the trench looking more and more rocky everywhere, but with few easily-determined features appearing. One exception was the linear jumble of rock at the western end, which continues to look like a collapsed wall, and the massive stones at the eastern end seem as if they might be part of the intervallum road (although seem slightly out of alignment for that). Here's a view of the eastern end and the massive stones there; if you look carefully you can also see two large fragments of a pot lying trapped in beneath some smaller rocks in the foreground:

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Here's a view of my slice standing at the southern end of the trench, beginning to reveal a jumble of stones (foreground) rather than the back wall that Andy and Justin were hoping/expecting to find:

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(For what it's worth, there's a good argument for folks blogging here on WeDig, and for blogging on their own sites where they have control over look & feel. I'm -thrilled- for anyone that posts here, links here, or permits pics/thoughts to go here. I think WeDig has become a really good meeting-ground for diggers to see what's going on. And I'm happy to help cater to individual preferences & to be a clearinghouse of links for people to go to.)
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Excerpt from Justin-T's blog today:

"By around 10:30 the sun had completely burned the fog away, leaving us with the hottest digging day yet, probably close to 25C, 80F, with only a slight breeze to cool us down. Sean and I attacked the pile of robber-reject rubble with mattocks, hoping to reach the southern end of the trench by lunchtime. We didn't quite make it, but reached our goal shortly after the resumption. We both still had rubble below us, so Kate and Justin had us move back to the likely northern limit of the robber trench and push lower, hopefully into the last undisturbed level beneath the rubble....

Here's a sampling of the days winnings, a fairly large fragment of Samian ware (top left, thin orangey-red with a distinctive shiny glaze), a piece of sheep/pig (?) bone, a nail and Sean's piece of glass on top of a piece of tile:


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The latest official video blog for the end of session 7. 3rd C foundations, 5th C floors, and another (ancient?) robber trench!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2TSuw2uQXI
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