Week 10

SacoHarry
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June 4th, 2012, 11:15 am #1

Hi all. What's happening in the ever-widening trenches for Week 10?
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Justin-T
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June 4th, 2012, 1:58 pm #2

Justin's tweet for today has a great picture of a LARGE trench (25m x 12m?) in the north field. Also some sun evident! Am I correct in saying that structures there would likely have been primarily constructed from wood? I should remember this from my digging there in 2010, but memories fade...
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SacoHarry
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June 4th, 2012, 3:25 pm #3

I remember some archived pics (from 09 maybe?) showing good stone walls, but I believe those were closer in to the road. (My sense of place in the North Field is hopeless.) Why am I not surprised the first thing they hit is ditches. ;)

And really cool to see Vindo hosting archaeology field school!
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Justin-T
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June 4th, 2012, 6:27 pm #4

That does sound vaguely familiar, I think I asked Beth about it in 2010 and she pointed to an area (returned to grass) where they had looked in 2009. The north field is so devoid of features, and I'm guessing that everything we reveal this summer will all be back-filled again and returned to the local ovine and bovine inhabitants, so no new long-term landmarks are likely to emerge either.
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June 4th, 2012, 8:08 pm #5

Very warm and very dry in the North Field - even the cattle were sweating (at least I think that's what was coming out of them). Too early to describe anything definitively. Some soil colour differences emerging, as well as bits of pottery and a nice glass bead. Stone structures were found last year near the stone wall, but the stones uncovered today appear jumbled. Unsettled weather forecast for the rest of the week.
Photos to follow with a few vicus pix.
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Justin-T
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June 4th, 2012, 8:54 pm #6

This is great Terry, I was hoping we'd have at least one WeDigger in the field to give us some updates. The image of cows sweating is filling my brain, looking forward to pictures of them, or even some archaeology. ;)
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SacoHarry
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June 4th, 2012, 9:37 pm #7

It's a great set of pictures -- will try to get them up this evening. But at least this one for now. You don't see this every day.

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SacoHarry
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June 5th, 2012, 12:38 am #8

As promised, some of Terry & Pauline's shots from Week 10, Day 1. First, the North Field.





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SacoHarry
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June 5th, 2012, 12:41 am #9

Terry also took time out at the end of the day to survey the goings-on in the main site. First, a refresher plan as it stood at the end of Week 9:

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SacoHarry
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June 5th, 2012, 12:46 am #10

And Terry's pictures of the "main" dig:


Site 7 from NW corner, looking SE across 7 & 8 (which have now obviously joined into another mega-trench)


Site 8 from SE corner, looking back NW across 8 & 7


Site 5 from the W edge, looking east across 5 and 4a/b. Interesting rectilinear-something in foreground.


Site 5 from S, looking NE. Great view of the multiple drains/culverts that are coming up.


Site 4b from NE looking W across the vicus aqueduct, the big earlier Severan stone blocks just to its left, and the glistening much-earlier fort ditch just left again.


Site 4a from N, looking S. The massive E/W Antonine wall-that-doesn't-belong-there, quickly reflooding.

Thanks again for the pics!
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