END of WEEK 11
(June 11 - June 15)
Ditches, drains, pits, and a rectilinear stone feature!!
(Wider shot to put location in context here
As the wet weather inundated older trenches, work shifted ever upward & westward to find dry ground to work. And to try to find the springs that have been a source of squidgy feet at Vindolanda for 1900 years!
Sites 7 & 8 were expanded both east and west. No news of what was found in the eastward expansion. However, in the west of area 8 a new set of very large & sturdy drains came to light, one with a lovely curve to it. (Visible as a black line & black curve on the plan above -- Note: This, as all features shown on the plans, is only a rough approximation, meant to orient people on site.)
More exciting was the well-laid rectangular stone "something" that was found in the west of area 7. Early days and no clear idea its purpose. But clearly a focus going forward into Week 12.
Across in the North Field (not on plan), the ground was filled with stains showing "ghost" ditches & features. A wall or line of rubble running east-west was removed, and underneath was a well-laid stone drain system. A ditch running from the west met the drain system at a deep pit -- a possible water collection point?
Sadly Friday the deluge came and work was cut short.
Many thanks to Rosie & SophieDobson for the updates, which can be found here
, and Justin as always for the tweets & pics!