Week 1

SacoHarry
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1:27 PM - Apr 02, 2012 #1

Hi all! This space set for any & all details about the opening week of the 2012 digging season. Camera shots on the "So, How's the Weather?" page suggest dark clouds and drizzle. Hope the season has opened instead with good omens.

Fingers crossed for a great '12 and some great WeDig posts. It's all in your hands now.
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5:39 PM - Apr 02, 2012 #2

Day 1: Great start to the dig. We started deturfing north of the fort ditch and wall uncovered under the third century vicus last season. A round stone lined feature showed up this afternoon, a bit to the north of the one excavated in 2011. We also deturfed behind the third century vicus buildings to the immediate east of the big fort wall. Floor surfaces and building walls starting to show up here already. Rain arrived late in the afternoon, but we got the full day excavating. Very good deturf and clean up today and things should get interesting later in the week.
Kate :)
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Justin-T
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6:28 PM - Apr 02, 2012 #3

Thanks Kate, I can almost feel the mud on my knees, the blisters on my hands and aching forearms from the deturfing...! Sounds like a fantastic start. Keep the updates coming, and any photos would be great too.
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8:10 PM - Apr 02, 2012 #4

I was looking at Harry's sketch and hoping the digging would go in that direction.

So much Terra Incognito on the edges of maps....

Tim Wolter
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SacoHarry
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8:20 PM - Apr 02, 2012 #5

This way be Dragons!
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SacoHarry
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8:21 PM - Apr 02, 2012 #6

Also, as of last year I was still calling that big defensive wall 3rd C. Sounds, Kate, like it's assuredly much earlier? Antonine / mid-2nd C?
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Terry S
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8:52 PM - Apr 02, 2012 #7

So pleased a day's dig was possible. Not particularly cold either, as my nifty grey shorts sufficed - I love getting my knees dirty. Next couple of days forecast not good, but Thursday and Friday drier.
Here's my patch, with other pix later in the week.
This year's T shirts are a dark-ish brown.
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Last edited by Terry S on 8:58 PM - Apr 02, 2012, edited 1 time in total.
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Mike C
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7:03 AM - Apr 03, 2012 #8

Hi all you wet diggers, sounds fun. Thanks for the photo Terry, very clear. It's supprised me where you're digging, I thought it would carry on from last year, on going west towards the diggers hut.
I've understand Kevins not there anymore, What's happened? I'll miss him pushing my squeeky barrow.
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snowglobe
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7:43 AM - Apr 03, 2012 #9

Thanks for the photo Terry great to see the first turf removed. I saw that there was a job going at the Hedley centre including flat & wondered what Kev was up to? Any one know?
Keep the photos coming.
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ericjacobson
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9:36 AM - Apr 03, 2012 #10

Sigh...I wish I'd been able to excavate this year.

Next year, definitely. Meantime, give my best to Andy and Justin!
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