Area A. The Barracks

MichaelH
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9:05 PM - Sep 13, 2009 #1

1st Sept. Looking North.
Dilys and Jim starting to removing the baulk separating north and south areas of the barracks. The cobbles of the west intervallum road in the foreground. In the background the mystery wall just inside the fort north wall. A day lost to the rain this week, and one day last week too.
The intervallum road is like a ring road around the inside of the fort walls.
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MichaelH
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9:10 PM - Sep 13, 2009 #2

7th Sept. Looking south. Into the last week now.
Photo shows the northwest corner of the intervallum road with the last grassed part of west rampart remaining on the right.
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MichaelH
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9:14 PM - Sep 13, 2009 #3

7th Sept. Looking west.
No waiting on the wheelbarrow run! The baulk width is nibbled away from north and south. There are some larger areas of flagged floors here.
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MichaelH
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9:18 PM - Sep 13, 2009 #4

7th Sept. Looking east.
They’ve cleared tons! crossed the west road and are clearing a good flagged floor, possibly a centurions house. North road is on the left. In the background diggers are working on another cobbled road running north/south with a central row of stone drain channelling.
Beyond that is the next barrack block (?) and next years dig! :)
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MichaelH
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8:54 PM - Sep 17, 2009 #5

10th Sept Looking east.
The last day, how sad, :unsure: with beautiful weather to finish on.
Almost there, Simon is working in the central north/south passageway.
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MichaelH
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9:02 PM - Sep 17, 2009 #6

12th Sept. Looking south. This is at the north end of the central passageway.
In this area a confusing array of walls which don’t seem to line up, and have odd looking endings, are built into the passage, blocking the way through.
Walls upon walls, this shows the problems of subsequent buildings during the long occupation of Vindolanda. That’s part of next years story, fortunately we volunteers don’t have to figure it all out, we can just come along and enjoy it.
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MichaelH
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9:06 PM - Sep 17, 2009 #7

12th Sept. Looking north.
Junction of the north/south road (with stone drain) and the north intervallum road. The lighter coloured stone is a corner of the next building to the east, in the top right corner is the wall of the north gatehouse.
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mkendall
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6:10 PM - Oct 06, 2009 #8

Thanks, Michael, for a great series of photos. I was wondering how things had progressed by the end of the season. It's really good to be able to see all this.
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12:00 PM - Oct 11, 2009 #9

Bit pushed at the moment, with lottery, PhD, consolidation works and post excavation analysis etc, but I promise all www.wedigvindolanda.com readers that I will post a synopsis of the recent area A work when I get a chance, including a few working plans etc.

best,

Andrew
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3:11 AM - Dec 01, 2009 #10

Andy

When you get around to the promised site A synopsis, a couple of questions.

1. any estimate of how many more weeks of moving east before you start to go down to the next level? I understand you want to expose up to the N-S road, but can't tell from the pix how close you are to it yet.
2. did your exploratory trench to the north ever find the Stanegate? Odd to think something that big could really go missing.

Thanks

Tim Wolter
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