Terry S
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7:39 PM - Jun 05, 2012 #11

Tuesday much cooler and light persistent rain fell from mid-afternoon. Midges particularly nasty and some of us resemble Ordnance Survey maps. Continued trowelling the soil levels, exposing the yellow and gray hues. The two clusters of stones were methodically delineated, for further consideration. A number of test trenches were commenced at the north end to ascertain any evidence of ditches. A few promising signs.
In t'other trench in the vicus area, further cleaning out operations continued. Nothing dramatic found (that I know of).
Photos shortly.
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7:48 PM - Jun 05, 2012 #12

SacoHarry wrote:The massive E/W Antonine wall-that-doesn't-belong-there, quickly reflooding.
Is it possible they put this odd wall in is as part of some kind of anti-flooding or water-redirecting measure? Basically shoring up a bank behind, with the intention of directing water away from the fort area? Or to collect it? It also seems like it can't be coincidence that the later drain parallels it exactly.

That's a really nice bit of wall, clearly some substantial effort was put into it for a significant reason in their eyes. Trying to come up with something plausible from 3,000 miles away...
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1:31 AM - Jun 06, 2012 #13

It really is a great-looking wall isn't it? Hard to picture it as anything other than a building... but what do I know? It seems they were always doing weird things. Maybe it was the start of a super-large fort perimeter whose plans got changed?

As promised from Terry above, another nice set of shots of the day. Can -almost- see the midges in some of them. First a couple from the North Field:




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1:35 AM - Jun 06, 2012 #14

And more shots from Terry & Pauline in the "main" dig:



Soggy site 4a from the north looking SE


Site 7 from the north looking south across 7 & 8. A mega-trench that seems just on the verge of being pretty interesting.


Site 5, SE corner looking NW. Overview of the really well-defined set of the now -4- N/S drains/culverts diggers have been hard at work troweling back.


This is across the visitor path over in the old Site 1a from the first weeks. Standing on the west side looking NNW. That big line of boulders and smaller stone is (I believe?) on the same path as the big E-W Antonine wall that's come up in 4a -- sarcanon's wall next to the vicus. Can anyone confirm? The boulders on top look too high & huge to be Antonine, but what about the more tumbled stones peeking out below?

Thanks again as always for the shots Terry & Pauline!
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3:04 AM - Jun 06, 2012 #15

Harry:

Indeed. The big stones you see in the photo of Site '1a' just posted do in fact align spot on with the large stones abutting the south of the aqueduct dividing trenches '4a' and '4b'. As for the Antonine wall on the north side of the aqueduct that I helped to uncover, when I was there in Week 8, Justin used the total station to take levels of the top of that wall, and the ground level of the continuation of that alignment on the east side of the path, i.e., in Site '1a'. The ground level of the far side in measured 50 cm higher than the top of the Antonine wall. So Justin was quite confident that with a bit of digging in '1a', it was highly likely the continuation of the Antonine wall would be found.

Now, that was the state of things in Week 8. It's entirely likely some intervening events have resulted in that hypothesis being chucked onto the spoil heap.
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3:22 AM - Jun 06, 2012 #16

The stones in the north field definitely look like, well, something... Maybe even a road?
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12:36 AM - Jun 07, 2012 #17

Today's collection from Terry & Pauline. First the North Field:


The cobbling, walls, and other stonework coming up.


Students from the University of West Ontario, plus Beth & Alex!


An overview of the North Field trench with cobbling, stonework, and in far distance a ditch/drain being excavated down.
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12:43 AM - Jun 07, 2012 #18

More from Terry & Pauline on the day's goings-on in the "main" trenches:


4a standing at the aqueduct looking S into the now four parallel N/S drains (the western-most being put back into service!)


A feature in a corner of site 7 including a stone with some intriguing markings on it.


I -believe- this comes from the south of area 4c (Is that right, Terry/Week-10'ers?). The possible remains of a stone watertank.


Site 5, SE corner looking NW across the impressively-defined drain system.

Terry says "Midges stayed away, but showers didn't. No time lost however." Thanks again for the update!
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4:02 AM - Jun 07, 2012 #19

Great pictures again, interesting stuff everywhere you look...
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7:32 AM - Jun 07, 2012 #20

Harry - yes, the possible stone water tank is at the southern end of 4c.
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