Wow another superb week! We made large strides with the vicus this week and now have what looks to have been a side road branching off at ninety degrees from our major cobbled street. I think this new one is likely to link the main road out of the west gate of the fort with our major street. Best of all though, we appear to have the start of stone buildings on either side of it. They are very close to the surface so are unlikey to have well preserved floors, but we have buildings at last!
Elsewhere, more posts and structural timbers, pockets of organic material containing the usual stuff that comes from such features at Vindolanda and another potential drainage ditch-well it wouldn't be area B without a ditch a week would it?
Many thanks to the volunteers of week 12. A hard shift at the start of the week saw turf flying so that cobbles could be cleaned, but it was so much worth the labour for what we appear to have learned about our 3rd C vicus residents. A big thank you and hope to see you next summer.
PS: a note on our writing tablet. It was only a tiny fragment and I would very much doubt if we'll glean much, if anything from it. The important thing about it is that it was found so far west from previous examples. It's importance, I feel, is that it shows the potential is there for others to have survived in the western part of the site. Far from being isolated in only a few areas it looks like these amazing objects have survived all over the site. Now that opens up possibilities.......
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