Ooh, naughty indeed Sandy! It'll be interesting to see if & as more of the Antonine building comes to light.
Lesley, thanks again for the fabulous shot! Here is a condensed version:
For those trying to put it in context, here is the location of the wall (the thick line) & direction of the camera:
My attempt at an understanding:
Lesley's picture shows multiple periods of the fort, spanning about 150 years of activity. The beautiful wall is from the Antonine period
at Vindolanda -- mid-to-late 2nd Century, also known as "Stone Fort I." (The building that this wall was part of stood to the left; a roadway to the right.) The Antonine fort was about the same dimensions as the currently visible fort ("Stone Fort II"), with a few tweaks. It survived for several decades, til it was completely obliterated to the ground about AD 208 in the odd Severan period
. Then Stone Fort II was built on top of the old leveled Stone Fort I in about AD 213
The wall in the picture was located directly underneath the visible fort's via praetoria
-- the beautifully flagged main road that ran straight from the HQ in the center of the fort out the north gate. This was expected, because in the 1930's Eric Birley discovered that the Antonine HQ was several feet east of its successor -- so any roads and buildings around it would have been shifted east too. In fact, to the right of the picture you can see the cobblestones of the Antonine roadway emerging.
In the color-coding above, blue is obviously the wall, green is the cobbled Antonine roadway, and red would have been inside the building.
The Antonine HQ faced south, suggesting that the "nicest" road out of the Antonine fort would have faced south too. This seems to be supported by the Antonine road showing up in this picture, which seems to be made of just ordinary cobblestones, nothing fancy.
Andy, how'd I do? :D