Week 15

SacoHarry
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11:35 AM - Jul 09, 2012 #1

Placeholder for Week 15. The weather cams are showing gloom & puddles. Fingers crossed for dry trenches??
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Terry S
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6:47 PM - Jul 09, 2012 #2

Delayed start - lecture/museum visit took care of the morning. Full afternoon's work achieved. After water was pumped out of the North Field's ditches, levels were taken down gradually. Two nice "artefacts", likely to be late 3rd century, amazingly found in the thick, sticky mud. On the main site, in-filling has commenced along the northern edge. Turf lifting and general soil (mud) removing.
Photos to follow.
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SacoHarry
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12:33 AM - Jul 10, 2012 #3

Some of Terry's photos from today, as promised. Amazing how much is happening even with the unending rain.


North Field trench, standing on western edge looking east across large (early?) E-W ditch system


North Field trench, center, looking south at (I think) later drain that was placed in/over backfilled early ditch


Good old Site 4a from early in the year -- parts being excavated, the northern lip being backfilled


The -massive- Site 7/8 from the NW corner looking east across the water tank... have fully lost the bubble on all the bits & bobs that are in this trench; can anyone help describe what's happening here?


4b from west looking east across the old N/S defensive ditches and the later N/S vicus roadway beyond it


An overview from the SE corner of 5 looking N to the aqueduct as the baulk between it and 4b is pulled out


Another overview of 7/8 from the SE corner looking NW

For more of this set, in higher resolution, click here.
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7:16 PM - Jul 10, 2012 #4

Terry reports: "Rained off today. Most diggers went on walk led by Andy, Beth and Katy to Roman Army Museum. Photo shows lunch being taken at Cawfields Quarry. Not looking good for tomorrow."

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7:20 AM - Jul 11, 2012 #5

Cheers for the photos Terry, despite the weather I hope the shorts are holding up? This is a record year for all the wrong reasons, hope this weeks diggers get some excavation in. Thanks to Harry for posting.
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6:49 PM - Jul 11, 2012 #6

Despite the forecast, a full day's digging was fulfilled. No action in the North Field due to water loggedness, so all troops were mustered onto the main site. Two new trenches opened further to the west and general progress in all the existing trenches. The infill on the northern edge has grown considerably. As the forecast tomorrow is fab, sterling progress should be made. Photos with Harold.
Yes, Pete, my shorts are holding up fine. Much to the relief of the other excavators.
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SacoHarry
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11:11 AM - Jul 12, 2012 #7

Terry's pictures from Wednesday, sorry for the delay!


new trench opened off SW corner of area 8


Area 7/8 also being extended to the west


Another new trench opened off NW corner of area 7


Along with another extension of 7/8 at its own NW corner


Northern lip of Area 4a now serving as backfill


This seems to be in the start of the year's area 1a/1b, tracing another ditch


The deep N/S ditch system in 4b (near the old "Anaerobe Gulch") getting more work

So the dig widens still more!
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2:14 PM - Jul 12, 2012 #8

Even from long distance it hurts just a little to see areas backfilled. Near as I can decypher there were areas we just touched in May that never got excavated due to water issues. Now buried. Ah, Moses glimpses the Promised Land. How frustrating it must be for Andy and Justin who go through this all the time.

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Terry S
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7:21 PM - Jul 12, 2012 #9

Gasp - two full working days on the trot. The midges are especially pleased. Not a drop of rain. Continuing progress, as photos will show. BBC film crew (2) on site, not sure if BBC3 or 4. Will find out and report tomorrow. Over to Harry.
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Justin-T
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9:00 PM - Jul 12, 2012 #10

So, no work again in the North Field today? I'm assuming this is just temporary until things dry out a bit? Although, the forecast for next week doesn't look too clever... :X
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