AREA B - Early findings

Justin
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April 1st, 2008, 4:06 pm #1

Well I know that a few of you will be desparate to know what is happening early doors, so this is a quick post to let you know that we are off to a good start already.

We have at least two different periods defined by two separate walls and a nicely cobbled road surface. There seems to have been a lot of post-Roman ploughing, which has damaged parts of the Roman features, but enough has survived to see what had been going on.

One of the walls is certainly the western wall of the nice courtyard house CXIV that Andrew's team first uncovered in 2005. (page 14 in the 2005 report with the brown cover) It appears to have had a well-laid cobbled roadway on its west side and there is a possibility that we now have the next building to the west as well. A legionary tile stamp [LEG I...?] came off this roadway, but being broken at the crucial point, didn't help much.

The second wall is later in date and over 1m wide. Its purpose is a mystery as yet, but more work on it will help in the coming weeks.

The photo shows the west wall of building CXIV and some of the cobbles on the roadway outside.

We are certainly up and running, and if things keep going like this, it will be a very good five year programme! All we need now is some better weather. The snow has now turned to rain and I'm really not sure if it is an improvement or not!
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April 2nd, 2008, 3:25 pm #2

A legionary tile stamp on the roadway? That wall that is a meter wide sounds very intriguing. If it helps any we are having rain in Florida, too. The temperature though may benefit me just a bit more! I read these posts and want to get a flight over right away. July is just around the corner (at least I tell myself that!).
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April 5th, 2008, 5:51 pm #3

Well one building has now become three, but in typical Vindolanda fashion, what looked to be a straight forward wall from last week (the 1m wide one from my last post above) just suddenly disappeared. Maybe the north wind was bringing in sleet and snow then as well and the builder's took off to the pub without finishing! :P

3 pottery gaming counters off the floor of one of the new buildings surely identifies it as a casino! ;) although a large amount of burning and some metal slag could indicate a more likely, but much less fun, workshop.

Photos to come when I'm back from my hols.
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April 27th, 2008, 9:18 am #4

Proper progress is now being made! We have pretty much a mirror image of the east side of Andrew's building CXIV from a few years ago, i.e a nice drain stuffed full of junk, then a north-south running roadway. On the other side of the road is a small building, which although badly plough damaged looks to have been a workshop judging by the amount of burning, clinker etc lying on the floor. One or two artefacts have appeared to suggest at least a female presence close to the area too. So things are looking promising for an interesting few weeks to come!
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April 27th, 2008, 9:20 am #5

This is the W wall of building CXIV (a posh house) with the drain running down the outside.
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Justin
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April 27th, 2008, 9:24 am #6

The possible workshop over the street from CXIV.
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May 10th, 2008, 7:23 pm #7

Area B still very wet, one day lost after heavy overnight rain.
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May 10th, 2008, 7:33 pm #8

Previous photo May 1st.
Cobbled roads and workshops (May 2nd)
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May 12th, 2008, 3:46 pm #9

Well, I am safely back in the States after an unprecedented three days of perfect weather walking the Wall.
I stopped by on Thursday to see what had been done in the vicus since I left.....it looked a bit drier than when we quit, but otherwise the same. Get well soon, Justin.
Great fun digging, and I am planning on coming back. Maybe two weeks next spring?
Tim Wolter MD
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Justin
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May 24th, 2008, 7:02 pm #10

Nice to hear you made it home ok Tim. Even better was that you had such good weather for walking. That has to have helped your cause with your wife to wangle a couple of weeks next year right? :P Hope to see you again.
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