END OF WEEK 8
(May 23 - May 27)
Finishing up current work on Site #4, more in Site #1, and two new sites: #5 & #6
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This week started with major rain & wind, but picked up by the end. Diggers finished tearing out
gently excavating away the last remains of Temple Avenue along Site #4, finally laying bare the Antonine road/barrack surface. (Remember, the Antonine (late 2nd C) fort was shifted a bit to the east (right) of the later fort. So under the 3rd/4th C alley lies the eastern edge of an Antonine barrack and the western half of its corresponding alley.) More well-preserved Severan roundhouses showed up in the process.
Remains in Site #1 were also cleared, in places down to the Antonine levels where they could be reached. It's become clear that all of the late 2nd C and 3rd C material is subsiding into an earlier north-south ditch -- probably the eastern ditch of Vindolanda's Period IV
fort (early 2nd Century, pre-Hadrianic).
As Temple Avenue work ended, crews were pulled to start working in the 4th Century apartments just to its west, Site #5. They started clearing the battered 4th C levels to reveal the 3rd Century barracks below. One room was clearly a workshop, as it was filled with a mass of burned material, as well as large amounts of pottery and other small finds. As usual, weird things were found -- badly behaved walls & drains appearing where they didn't belong, etc.
Lastly, another new area, Site #6, was started. This is the intervallum road running between the north end of the barracks and the north wall of the fort. Evidence of multiple repavings came to light, but little in the way of finds.
Cheers to katesf for the bulk of the info, along with Justin's great Twitter feed and photos by TerryS showing the state of things at the beginning of Wk 9 (which is how they were left at the end of Wk 8).