Area A Late July-Early Aug

Sue Munro
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9:16 PM - Aug 07, 2010 #1

Hi all

Some photos from 25th - 29th July and 1st - 5th August.

Thanks as ever to Andy, Justin, Alex and Beth for a) making it possible for ordinary people like me to have such a fantastic experience and b) always being full of encouragement.
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Sue Munro
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9:22 PM - Aug 07, 2010 #2

More photos.
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Sue Munro
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9:25 PM - Aug 07, 2010 #3

And some more...
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Sue Munro
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9:26 PM - Aug 07, 2010 #4

And the final batch!
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SacoHarry
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1:32 PM - Aug 09, 2010 #5

Sue, these are amazing -- Wow! I pulled them from the team photo section into the running dig section so they'd get their own home. Looks like you had quite a time of it; it's going to be a lot of fun poring through and seeing what's going on! Thanks so much for the post.
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SacoHarry
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2:22 PM - Aug 09, 2010 #6

For reference, Sue was digging in the NW-most barrack block within Stone Fort II (the visible fort). And her trench was in the southern half of the NW-most unit within that long rectangular barrack block.


This barrack unit was first uncovered in 2009, and the 4th/5th Century levels exposed then. It looks like crews earlier in 2010 discovered a threshold to a small north-south hallway at the eastern side of this unit. Sue's crew found and dug out a pit at this threshold. And it looks like by the end of their dig they had reached an early cobbled floor level (the dark layer at the bottom of this picture). This would (I believe) have been the original floor surface for when this barrack was first built.

The visible fort (and this barrack block) was first built in the early 3rd Century. From what I understand, at the end of the 3rd century it may have been abandoned for some time (months? years?). In the early 4th Century it was then remanned and comprehensively rebuilt, on mostly the same foundations. (Which is why the floors and walls of the later buildings tend to line up with those of the 3rd Century.) The current programme of works is trying to determine whether the 4th Century barracks were still "military" or if they had "civilians," or both -- or if there was even a real difference in those terms by then.
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Sue Munro
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3:44 PM - Aug 09, 2010 #7

Thanks for filling in all that info. It is so easy to be totally absorbed in the tiny area you're working in and forget about the bigger picture.

In our second week we were excavating a more central area which Alex named the Primal Scream room following our suggestions that the 'floor' surface was so irregular and there was so much broken pot that perhaps it was a room where frustrated soldiers could go and let off steam by chucking rocks at pots! No matter what that room actually turns out to be it will always be my therapy room! ;)
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SacoHarry
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3:52 PM - Aug 09, 2010 #8

I love it! Maybe all houses should have one?

I also love that pic you got of the room with what looks like a big amphora buried in the middle. Is that the Primal Scream room?
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Sue Munro
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7:21 PM - Aug 10, 2010 #9

Yes it is a very big amphora that Dilys, Jim and their nephew Oscar were excavating but in a different room. It needed its own tray to be carried away as it was so big! Not sure if there was anything inside it though.

We found quite a bit of amphora in the primal scream room but it was scattered about, not as neat as Dilys and Jims'.
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SacoHarry
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11:46 PM - Aug 10, 2010 #10

I remember out in the vicus a few years back there was a house (?) with a big amphora buried in its floor. Never found out if that was a personal lavatory, or a storage container for perishables, or a safe/vault. Pretty cool to find another one!
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