Week 12

SacoHarry
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12:15 PM - Jun 18, 2012 #1

Placeholder for Wk 12. What's happening? Justin's tweet this morning shows an ever-wider trench at the west of the site (7 & 8 on previous weekly maps) as the lower ground stays waterlogged.

Hope for a great week of digging & lots of pictures & stories!

- Harry
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SacoHarry
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4:21 PM - Jun 19, 2012 #2

A teaser panorama shot of areas 7/8 from snowglobe. So much progress, so many stones & ditches!


(larger shot available here.)
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Justin-T
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5:21 PM - Jun 19, 2012 #3

Now that is a massive trench, especially considering that was all grass only five (?) weeks ago!

Is that a Roman ghost, mid-left rear... :o
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5:30 PM - Jun 19, 2012 #4

Sadly no its my new iPhone app that takes panoramas but people will insist on moving around! Like the effect though. Hot sunny days on site so far this week. Currently seconded to the colonial outpost fort of north field, interesting features coming through. Let back through the fence for tea breaks however.
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6:39 PM - Jun 19, 2012 #5

Ah, our freshly dug trench mid right is looking rather fabulous. My sun burn and blistered hands aren't though. :-P
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SacoHarry
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11:07 PM - Jun 19, 2012 #6

As promised, more shots from snowglobe.

First, a recap of the plan -- this is now a couple weeks out of date. Sites 7/8 are greatly expanded. 4/5 seem to be flooded and not being worked this week? (Will update site plan soon!)


On to snowglobe's shots & comments:

"The heavy rain last week is still having an effect on the site" (area 5 from digger site plans)


"Justin has pumped out the ditch looking north, huge feature. Not sure how things are being worked as I'm over the road now." (area 4b looking north)


"The trenches reach the diggers hut! Two very fine walls bottom centre of the photo. Andy still unsure as to what they are?" (area 7/8)


"Another feature in the trench closest to the diggers hut, drain ?"
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SacoHarry
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11:09 PM - Jun 19, 2012 #7

More from snowglobe, this time over in the North Field:


"As Justin's tweet, Andy has been with us today digging, lovely and interesting lump of iron stone (centre left in the ditch)"


"Arrh the lovely smell of anaerobic layers beginning. Our own girl band in the background tuning up ! The road running west/east in the middle photo." (The ditches mentioned in Week 11 appear now to be clearly the sides of a well-laid road running east-west. Big questions on what it is -- and what era!)


"Andy pondering the road, is this line of the Stane gate? Unsure of the ages of the ditches, collected plenty of victorian pottery from the layer above the road"
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SacoHarry
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11:11 PM - Jun 19, 2012 #8

Lastly, two cool panorama shots from snowglobe:



"The north field using my new iPhone app looking west"
(Larger shot available here.)


"Plenty of diggers this week so having staggered tea breaks"
(Larger shot available here.)

Thanks much for all the great shots and commentary!
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Justin-T
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1:45 PM - Jun 20, 2012 #9

Very interesting to see the north field developments. There's an obvious road-width anomaly on the satellite image about that E-W line, at roughly the right position in the field (impossible to tell where the trench is atm). I wonder if that corresponds to this road? Sounds like the archaeology isn't saying yet what era it is, but doesn't such a fancy stone drain alongside a road suggest Roman?

Check the line in the field here:
road_feature.jpg
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1:48 PM - Jun 20, 2012 #10

Forgot to ask which iPhone app it is snowglobe is using, looks worth having.
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