This week only Area B is working as Andy is vacationing with his family. Since starting on Tuesday some gaming counters and two leather shoe soles have been the finds to talk about. One of the soles was found right on cue during one of Justin's "talks" when he was describing the leather and shoe finds from the site over the years. Uncanny, that. The gaming counters are glass and shale and we have dubbed that section of trench "the Las Vegas of Vindolanda". A few other counters were found last week and included at least one made of pottery.
The two shoe soles were found within the same patch of trench and one had a few hobnails still attached. That is the first time I have seen that.
The big news for Area B, though, is the topsoil has been removed for the rest of the excavation area compliments of a mechanical digger. It was a wonderful site to see as I know how difficult it is to get through the turf and topsoil to get to the good archaeology below. All of the rest of you volunteers coming to dig in Area B just won't know how lucky you are!