Andy
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April 29th, 2009, 6:42 am #11

First few weeks proving that we have a complicated area to work on this year. 4th century buildings that appear to have been occupied well into the post Roman era, an intervallum road which has been re-surfaced at least two times beyond the last Roman coin and pottery level, all sitting above an earlier 3rd century barrack block. Special thanks to the first crews as usual for their super effort and I am looking forward to welcoming more of you during what will undoubtedly prove to be an excellent season. The most important aspect of which is that we are continuing to gather the data required to address the research question, 'was the fort wall the great divide?'

best,

Andrew
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MichaelH
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May 3rd, 2009, 9:12 pm #12

15th Apr. looking east, the dark area shows where this season started. The wall just showing on the left (shown on post No 1) was built into the western ramparts.
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May 3rd, 2009, 9:15 pm #13

27th Apr. looking north. Intervallum road, (between wall foundations). Rampart wall, top left.
The road has been repaired and subsidence filled with larger stones many times. Some layers of cobbles are small and rounded, elsewhere larger slabs can be seen. The west gatehouse is in left foreground.
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May 3rd, 2009, 9:18 pm #14

29th Apr. looking SW. Area to the north of rampart wall.
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May 3rd, 2009, 11:57 pm #15

Michael, I have a feeling I shall be thanking you throughout the dig season for allowing me a wonderful peek at what I am missing out on and what all the volunteers are enjoying, dirt, dirt, and bums:)!
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May 8th, 2009, 3:23 pm #16

Week starting the 26th of April.

The 4th century houses built over the remains of the 3rd century barracks, looking south towards the 2008 granary excavations.
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Andy
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May 8th, 2009, 3:26 pm #17

more of the same but including the intervallum roadway
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SacoHarry
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May 8th, 2009, 5:54 pm #18

Gorgeous. Thx for the pics Andy!

That building just north of the north gate is quite a sight -- can't believe how much got built into the old ramparts. The flagstones that lie north of the building and a little deeper -- are those from a courtyard? Or is that the stone base to the original Period VII rampart mound?
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May 9th, 2009, 7:22 pm #19

At the moment our best bet is that it is a rampart storm drain, stopping a deluge of water from reaching the road and accessing the front doors of buildings lining the intervallum road. However, that said, it only seems to continue for a few metres north of the gable end of the rampart house.....so we will have to see. Either way, there are significant voids beneath the stones. So as the saying goes,' it is all good'.
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SacoHarry
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May 10th, 2009, 12:14 am #20

Woot to the voids. Them Romans did love their drains, no?

For those who are trying to put the pics in context, below is a little map. The shaded area shows the extent of the current excavations within the visible fort. It is ridiculously inaccurate & not to scale, but it's a start! The southern tip of several barrack blocks (later converted into houses) runs along the north side of the main road. (Advice on how to tighten this pic up accuracy-wise would be most appreciated.) The western gate is visible in the map. North of its northern gatehouse is a late building built directly into the clay rampart mound that backed up against the inside of the fort. (A fairly similar building was found south of the southern gatehouse in 2006.)
[+] Spoiler
The current dig relates mostly to Periods VII through X (see the Digger's Guide for more detail on these periods), spanning about AD 213 all the way up to the 6th C post-Roman era. It's possible that earlier periods (likely VI through VI-B) could be uncovered, but they're not the focus this year.

And it all looks amazing and I'm psyched to see what comes up next!
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