2011 odds and ends

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5:11 PM - May 16, 2011 #1

We had some weather issues last week. Various diggers tried to influence the meterological doings, none more elaborately than Alistair who built his own personal altar to the sky gods!

As you can see in the attached it is an elaborate affair, a 3rd century wall stone stood on end and with a crown of colored rocks set in what appears to be a mudpack. In front of it are offerings in the form of nails, brick bits and bones.

The efficacy was said to be minimal....

T.Wolter

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Sue Munro
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5:46 PM - May 16, 2011 #2

Well done for trying though!
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5:52 PM - May 26, 2011 #3

It sounds like a second straight week of dodging showers.

Attached is a far too common sight at Vindolanda of late.....
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10:04 AM - May 27, 2011 #4

I told Alastair he was probably angering the gods! Great to meet with you last week Tim, and many thanks for the photo you posted of the weather, which gives a great view of the building before we demolished it in week 7. That was the area Graham found the stamped sixth legion tile, among with lots of other interesting bits.

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1:25 PM - May 27, 2011 #5

Oh, no Fiona! You demolished Andrew's toolshed/office?

Or perhaps you meant some other building....

Great to hear from you, see you next year Dolichenus willing.

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9:29 PM - May 27, 2011 #6

Might have been fun to demolish the shed, but no - the remains of the later 4th C building with rough hypocaust in foreground built over the Antonine barrack.

Weather was a bit better last week - see May blossom attached, but they've had a very stormy week this week I think. Typical English Spring.

Hope to see you another time

Fiona

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9:06 AM - Jun 01, 2011 #7

Here is a fun pot shard that turned up in week 6.
The graffiti seems to read

A V S L M although the L is imperfect and the S is not scratched all the way through the glaze.

Discerning WeDiggers will recall that VSLM is the abbreviation for "fullfilled vows willingly" as appeared on last years altar. In fact with variations it seems to be the standard wording for such.

Perhaps a bowl used to pour libations?

Tim Wolter
with thanks to Kate!
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9:38 AM - Aug 08, 2011 #8

Pub level silly interpretations of the "Snake and Mountains" altar at:

Detritus of Empire

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2:53 PM - Aug 08, 2011 #9

Another thought on the home-made altar following on from a thought that occurred to me during Andy's lecture last week - I was listening honestly!

Has anyone yet noticed that a certain famous brand of fast food store uses the M logo? Is this evidence that the Roman frontier was the birthplace of the happy meal????
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10:53 AM - Aug 12, 2011 #10

Weather appropriate musings at:

Downstream in Ancient Times

Thanks to Petrus Africanus (Snowglobe) for showing this to me. hmmmmm that sounds a bit odd...

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