Week 13

snowglobe
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2:14 PM - Jun 24, 2012 #1

Andy was in the trenches this afternoon pumping them out so hopefully the weather will behave? Never seen the ground in summer so waterlogged.
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SacoHarry
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12:04 PM - Jun 25, 2012 #2

The Web cams on the How's the Weather? page look puddly and grim. How are the trenches today? Anything happening?
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Latium.L
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1:16 PM - Jun 25, 2012 #3

Excellent web cams for Hadrians Wall all three look good for today if overcast, what a bonus to be able to see the area, watched some walkers pottering through.
Hope some digging goes on for everyone today.
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snowglobe
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4:51 PM - Jun 25, 2012 #4

A dry day on site Andy and Justin's pumping has worked. All areas seem to be coming along well, defining the edges of a large roman ditch in the north field and plenty of areas providing interest in the vicus. Photos lodged with Harry, watch this space.
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SacoHarry
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5:27 PM - Jun 25, 2012 #5

As promised, snowglobe's shots:


"Work continues in the north field, an early start by the students to bail the trenches much appreciated. A full day was completed and the possible roman ditch running centre through the photo is being defined. Alex breached a pocket of water higher up the site and it poured beautifully through the drain on the left."


"Another view looking east down the line of the roman ditch"


"Back in Vicus the water tank is continuing to be exposed in the centre of the photo, some water in the trenches but work is moving on a pace, plenty of new de turfing." (Site "7" on the weekly plans, standing on western edge looking east)


"Looking west towards the ticket office a nice drain is appearing right along the road way. Bottom left is the well feature mentioned by Justin. A very mixed up picture."


"An overview of the trench, Andy on pump duty. Water tank centre right." (Standing at NW corner of site "7" on plans, looking SE)


"Water management keeping the flooding at bay." (Site "5" on plans, SW corner, looking NE)


"Just a close up of the feature, nice stonework."

Thanks Pete!
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Justin-T
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5:55 PM - Jun 25, 2012 #6

Great stuff, vicus and north field both seem to be living up to their promise at the beginning of the season. Appropriate that a water tank and drains are major features this "summer"... :P
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snowglobe
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7:35 AM - Jun 26, 2012 #7

Thick mist shrouding the Twice Brewed this morning but looking dry, guess the Wedig crowd are all on holiday? any comments on photos welcome Is anyone viewing ?
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8:13 AM - Jun 26, 2012 #8

Yes, am viewing - nice pix, looking forward to Thursday - up for Friends' Evening on Saturday. Hope its not like last year where there was a nice display of brollies! :D
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8:57 AM - Jun 26, 2012 #9

If there's anyone working in the trench shown in the 5th photo , centre back (with the person in the blue top), then please let me know how it's going - I'm gutted I only got three days with it! We'd pulled up lots of bone and pottery but had just started going down deeper with it and getting all the good stuff before the rain started! :'(

Photos look good! Hope the weather stays fine for you all.
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1:41 PM - Jun 26, 2012 #10

It will be interesting to see how big that water tank really is. From the amount of water going through the site I would have expected something larger.
I must admit to knowing little about roman water tanks....you generally see them in the fort with thin stone upright slabs above the ground. Would a set into the ground one need a pump of some sort?
Dig on.
Yes Snowglobe your pictures are being viewed with envy.
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