Just read Matt's great synopsis of last week's dig. Loving it! Got me curious though. Matt, you said that you were outside the NW corner of the IV Gaul fort (Stone Fort II), and you found turf rampart but no SF I wall. And then it looked like SF I's wall was possibly used as foundation for the SF II wall. So it sounds like the turf rampart you guys found was actually -outside- SF I's wall. Is that right? So what would the rampart have been for? The Severan fort? Something else?
I am going to quickly answer this one on Matt's behalf. Basically, we now know that both the turf and timber, and the stone phases of the Antonine fort wall's go north of the present north wall of the last stone fort at Vindolanda. Matt and his team of Kate, Bryan and Pam as well as the fantastic crew of last week, Richard, Lydia et al have done a great job in this area. First they found the turf ramparts, so we fixed that as going north, then, this week, they went lower and located the stone remains of stone fort 1 (which is also an Antonine fortification). As the trench progresses north we will hopefully be able to finally lay this particular ghost to rest, and fix in the location of the northern most defences of the Antonine fort's. It does look likely that the stangate road (Medieval + version) may be set into the north ditches for the Antonine fort's, rather than following a 'Roman' route which is I believe is further to north. In the next couple of years and with the next SMC we propose to locate the stanegate road 'Roman Version' once and for all, but this is a great start.
More annon from Matt I am sure. Photo attached speaks a thousand words.