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4:04 PM - Jun 13, 2009 #21

Week 11.

After surviving thunder storms, plagues of midges and baking hot sun (well for 10mins at least), things marched on in Area B this week. Roadways and their ditches continue to provide evidence for the infrastructure of the vicus and there was the emergence of several unusual and unexpected features too. Can we really have four different phases within 30cm of stratigraphy and in an area no bigger than 20m x 30m? What will the large mserious one sided wall turn out to be? More questions than answers this week, but that's archaeology at times for you I suppose.

Many thanks to this week's hard working crew who put up with my changing theories as often as my pants this week. It was great to meet and work with you all- some again, and some for the first time.
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4:12 PM - Jun 20, 2009 #22

Week 12.

Another good week and by and large the weather gods were decent to us. A week of BIG ditches, little ditches and nice roadways, and although there was some pretty nasty iron pan to hack through, the finds made it all worthwhile. A big thank you to the crew of week 12, it was a real pleasure working with you all and I think we made some good progress this week. Make sure you uplaod a few of those photos and give everyone a look at the fruits of your labours. Thanks again!
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9:31 AM - Jun 28, 2009 #23

Week 13.

Well who would have thought that a drain full of iron pan and a few roadways could be so much fun?!? :P An amazing week in a number of ways that was all topped off by wonderful weather and even better company. Than you all very much indeed for all your hard work, I think it will be a week that is remembered at Vindolanda for a long time to come. Highlight for me though has to be the first international Wiffle tournament to be held at the site - The sight of Sterling 'Roger Clemens' Rowe pitching out last ditch pinch hitter Justin 'Big Papi' Blake under the extreme pressure of TV video taping was something to behold! ;) I hope you all had a safe trip home and hope to see you again soon.
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4:08 PM - Jul 04, 2009 #24

Week 14.

Well how extreme can the weather get at Vindolanda? Close to 30 degrees for half the week and then the local paper records 11,000 lightening strikes a minute over Hexham and an absolute deluge! Luckily the excavation wasn't too badly affected and things moved on this week. We definitely have a fancy gate respond for a gateway sometime earlier then the Severan period, when the gate was thensliced through by its large Western defensive ditch. Oh and there does seem to have been the odd phase or four of later roman building activity on the same site above - just normal area B stuff really ;) Anyway a special thanks to this week's crew who have without doubt had to put up with the hardest working conditions this season. Many thanks for your efforts and cheerful good company all week, you were brilliant to work with!
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3:56 PM - Jul 11, 2009 #25

Week 15.

Well I bet when you applied to dig you didn't expect to be asked to direct helicopters and assist in medical emergencies eh? A special thanks to this week's crew who had to do all of the above in addition to the usual hard graft of digging down to sort out the site. A good week in many ways with the gate respond for the period III fort looking fab now. A potential timber built structure just west of the Severan rampart and a whole new area deturfed and ready to greet future crews. All good stuff and I think we made some pretty big strides in understanding area B this week. Well done to all who helped and many thanks for your hard work!
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4:57 PM - Jul 11, 2009 #26

You lot should have had me there, I call up helicopters regularly in the A and E ward where I work. And I'd have done a proper job of it too. Here's how I imagine you and Andy did:

Andy: Right then, just set down between the Praetorium and the Severan gate respond.

Pilot: What?

Justin: Of course, it might instead be an Antonine postern gate.

Pilot: What?

Andrew: Well, of course. You know, the Period II Praetorium was offset 15 degrees from the visible foundations....will that make finding us any harder?

Pilot: What?

and so forth.

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7:09 PM - Jul 11, 2009 #27

:D Brilliant Tim! and you have no idea how close you are with that description ;) He set it down between the Preatorium and the Severan round houses without any trouble at all. Those guys need a medal the size of a frying pan for the job they do, absolutely fantastic!
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9:43 PM - Jul 18, 2009 #28

Week 16.

A mixed week with a lot of shifting about due to wet trenches (perhaps understatement of the season) but still a decent week with the emergence of the other side of our monumental gateway, a vicus floor and some potentially exciting features in the newly deturfed area. Just as well we had the good humour of Richard, Jack, Matt and our very own mad scientist Will 'beaker' Wilkinson to keep us all amused through the inclement weather :P Many thanks again to everyone, lots of good conversation certainly, but lots of hard work done as well.
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4:01 PM - Jul 25, 2009 #29

Week 17.

So we appear to have started digging in the tropics. Guaranteed rain every day at much the same time meaning frustration for all as we bucketed sponged and pumped water out of the trench only to see it flood back in. So a huge thank you to this weeks crew who cheerfully endured all of this, plus my bad moods and cursing of the weather too. Bizarrely enough we managed to achieve a great deal with a new road, cobbled needless to say, and post holes, floors etc from later vicus structures as well. I thoroughly enjoyed the humour in the trench this week and special mention must be made to mssrs Bunsen and Beaker who kept us all well amused with various pieces of wit and wisdom. Good luck to Beaker especially in his new career as a priate on the great Accountan sea. London won't know what's hit it. Good luck and I hope you enjoy it although I suspect you have missed your vocation in life as a cake tester for Mr Kipling!
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5:32 PM - Jul 25, 2009 #30

Justin wrote:Week 17.

So we appear to have started digging in the tropics. Guaranteed rain every day at much the same time meaning frustration for all as we bucketed sponged and pumped water out of the trench only to see it flood back in. So a huge thank you to this weeks crew who cheerfully endured all of this, plus my bad moods and cursing of the weather too. Bizarrely enough we managed to achieve a great deal with a new road, cobbled needless to say, and post holes, floors etc from later vicus structures as well. I thoroughly enjoyed the humour in the trench this week and special mention must be made to mssrs Bunsen and Beaker who kept us all well amused with various pieces of wit and wisdom. Good luck to Beaker especially in his new career as a priate on the great Accountan sea. London won't know what's hit it. Good luck and I hope you enjoy it although I suspect you have missed your vocation in life as a cake tester for Mr Kipling!
Justin

Might the malarial miasmas arising from the Great Northumbrian Jungle be getting to you? Never before in the history of the English language has there been an oblique reference to the Muppet Show and a Freudian typo referencing Priapus occurring in a single sentence!

Tim Wolter

advance warning, I have my brother talked into a trip next spring. We shall lift more barrows and pints than the rest of the crew combined.
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