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David Ingham
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9:59 PM - Aug 31, 2007 #11

Hi Bryan. From memory (and using the field drains as a scale) the stone-lined well is about 1.2m in diameter internally. The other two holes you can see in the picture are also wells - the one at the back had been lined with some huge stone slabs, but none of the three produced much in the way of finds.

Hi Matt - you're right about the location, they're at the western edge of the main area in Trench B. Just south of where you ended up digging - so close!

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8:59 AM - Sep 01, 2007 #12

The cobbled road outside the western fort wall. efectively a ring road. This is the last trench area of the 2007 season for area A.
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9:00 AM - Sep 01, 2007 #13

The cobbled road and ditch gang, a good looking bunch of course! See if you can spot 'Laura the Great' on this pic, (Laura the Great, good grief ed).
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9:03 AM - Sep 01, 2007 #14

Site 29, the vicus floor has been removed, as has the floor of the military worksho below so that the excavators can get into the underlying Antonine fort ditches. This proves to be both good and bad. Good because we recovered a lot of data from the ditch including Animal bones, pottery, 120 shoes and 16 tablets, bad, because the water never stopped flowing in. Here we have some of the excellent dicth digging crew, all ready to go! Esther looking menacing with that pickaxe, as usual... Faith and Joy getting out of her way.
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9:07 AM - Sep 01, 2007 #15

More of 29, this time the southern section which was dropped down 4m below the vicus road.
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9:08 AM - Sep 01, 2007 #16

another picture, same side...
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9:10 AM - Sep 01, 2007 #17

Water has sometimes been an issue this season. Infact, this year was the wettest in the UK since official records began. Not a good year to be digging a deep trench into a fort ditch system as it so happened.... Of course, we let the excavators out before the water got this high...at least that is how I remember it. :-)
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9:16 AM - Sep 01, 2007 #18

3 water pumps later and we can get back into the trenches. A picture here of a fine young man getting his hands dirty.
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9:24 AM - Sep 01, 2007 #19

Here is why it was worth it. Clear stratigraphy on the the site showing the relationships between the material from the last three fort construction periods at Vindolanda. On the top, large extramural stone foundations for site 29 (bar, shop, house) large blocks to support an essentially timber superstructure. Below, a very different type of construction, the wall of a military workshop inside the Severan fort at Vindolanda. Beneath that, the black material which is oxygen free, anaerobic Antonine fort ditch material from Vindolanda.
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12:32 PM - Sep 06, 2007 #20

Great pictures you all. I guess I picked right this year by "doing my time" at the beginning of the season when it was beautiful and dry (mostly). I can't believe that shortly there will be no more digging until next year. The update posts have been great fun to read. Thanks again everyone.

Bryan: I am now working as an archaeologist for a company doing work in my hometown area of southwest Florida. Yes, 100 degree humid, mosquito infested days of shovel testing sand and muck. There has been some joy though as pottery has turned up along with bone. No stone structures or a fort wall to contend with where I am!
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