Area B

MichaelH
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August 26th, 2009, 9:13 pm #1

20th Aug. Looking south.
Period 4/5 forts western defences. (Period 4 105– 122 AD. Period 5 122-140 AD)
Notes are given in good faith but not guaranteed, so here go's :ermm: (I don’t know about the military annex you mentioned David).
These larger forts had stone gateways and rampart support walls with timber and turf walls. Justin thinks the gate is from period 4 fort and was reused for period 5 fort, which was on a slightly different alignment to 4.
The wall and gate misalignment is seen in this photo, which shows the base of the stone gateway with a drain running through, further back is the rampart wall. The gate seems quite narrow, Justin thinks there could have been a double arch but no foundation has yet been found to the north.
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MichaelH
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August 26th, 2009, 9:18 pm #2

20th Aug. Looking north.
A later Severan (Period 6B 208-213 AD) fort ditch, running east/west, cuts through this rampart wall. It's full of water at this time. The out of line gate is further back.
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MichaelH
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August 26th, 2009, 9:20 pm #3

20th Aug. Looking east.
A Severan period ditch cutting through the western rampart wall of period 4/5 forts. Just above the waterline (to the right) thick layers of mud can be seen from successive layers of earth washed into the ditch, so it was probably filled in naturally and fairly quickly.
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David Ingham
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August 26th, 2009, 11:50 pm #4

Hi Michael - nice to see some photos of how Area B's progressed. At least the presence of a drain running through the gateway explains why so much water kept leaking into the slot we excavated through the ditch behind the gate!

The period 6 military annex that I mentioned before is what the gate was previously thought to relate to - the interpretation has now shifted to period 4/5 (having started at period 3). The dating evidence is still mostly circumstantial, so there might be a further twist in the tale yet - we'll have to wait for Justin's definitive answer in his end-of-season summary. Someone lend him a coin to toss....

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SacoHarry
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August 27th, 2009, 2:05 am #5

Fabulous pics & notes! Wow. Period 4/5 huh? That kind of knocks on the head the assumed western edge, doesn't it? From my notes & Andy's emails, they used to think the 4/5 western edge was much, much farther west, near the industrial/temple areas uncovered in 2006. (See the Digger's Guide "400 Years at a Glance" for a comparison of the 2/3 and 4/5 projections.) Putting the western gate here is quite a surprise!
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MichaelH
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August 27th, 2009, 9:22 pm #6

Hey Harry, your fort maps are great, very helpful.
I used your occupation periods section but hadn't noticed the "400 Years at a Glance" section before. :$ Thanks

Michael
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SacoHarry
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August 28th, 2009, 6:31 pm #7

Thanks Michael. Yeah, this winter I'm going to have a second look at the Digger's Guide setup & links. It's one thing to have the stuff there; it's another to have it laid out so people can actually find it!

Plus, you guys keep completely rewriting the history of the site with your wacky shrines and unexpected fort gates.
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