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1st week of excavations

Nicola
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1:30 PM - Apr 07, 2007 #1

I've just recovered from my week of digging at Vindolanda. Considering that it was the first week in April, we had surprisingly good weather, although the Tuesday was a bit nippy and I think I did more moaning about the cold than I did excavating!

I was excavating at Andrew's site and Sam and I scraped away some gravel to reveal what Andrew reckoned might be a hearth, but apart from that we only managed to find some pottery sherds and a piece of glass. This was our third year digging and we've still not found a coin, unlike Fiona who managed to find two! I think I'm not going to allow her to come with us next year!!

Thought I'd put up a few pics for all you diggers still looking forward to your time away at Vindolanda this year, but it wont accept the file type, so I'll have to try and change them later and upload them. I think Fiona's got some better pictures of the site anyway, so hopefully she'll come on and upload hers.

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2:17 PM - Apr 07, 2007 #2

I was also scraping gravel back from one of the shop buildings (i think!) We found a lot of rubble in half of the building, it looked like a hole or sumthing had been filled in with rubble to level off the area. In the other half we found a possible antonine road surface.

We found a lot of pottery, glass and bones as well as 2 coins and part of a brooch, here a few pics for your viewing pleasure :D
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2:18 PM - Apr 07, 2007 #3

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Nicola
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2:23 PM - Apr 07, 2007 #4

Here's Sam and I's bit of trench.
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2:28 PM - Apr 07, 2007 #5

And here's a bit of a wider view of the site, although I've not managed to get quite all of it in.
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2:29 PM - Apr 07, 2007 #6

Picture number 3
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2:32 PM - Apr 07, 2007 #7

Another pic, everyone hard at work :P
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7:22 PM - Apr 07, 2007 #8

Thanks for whetting our appetites! Great pictures and the weather was amazing! Can't wait 'till 20th May now. Is anyone else going for the two weeks beginning 20th May?
Kate (who'll be arriving on her own)
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7:33 AM - Apr 08, 2007 #9

Looks like a good star to the season. Glad to hear that the weather was pretty good. Keeping my fingers crossed for 20th May. Will see you there, Kate, trowel in hand.
Bryan :D :lol:
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11:44 AM - Apr 09, 2007 #10

Hello Nicola and Fiona

Good to see you're still alive after our week of toil and torment... No, I think we were very lucky weather wise, only one bad day.

Well, in my little area of the site, I had a few interesting finds. The clay colours show that a fire was present at some point, which matches with Nicola and Sam's possible hearth. Mind you, we spent so long removing gravel that I'm suprised we got anywhere at all! :P

We were lucky in the material finds, as I found numerous bits of pottery, with rims and bases, but no inscriptions! Hmph! I did find a coin though, which I was chuffed about (will put up a pic later on) and rusty nails, a brass (?)draw handle etc, so put those with Fiona's coins and Madelaine's animal teeth and we did very well!

More pics and info to come

Heather
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