Week 24 12- 16 Sept

snowglobe
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4:49 PM - Sep 13, 2011 #1

Visited the site today between showers and gales, lots of progress and a lovely wall and rampart appearing, looks like there is a ditch appearing running East/west under our shovel wielding model!
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snowglobe
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4:59 PM - Sep 13, 2011 #2

Diggers now working on the north/south ditch with the East/west ditch passing through the centre of the photos. Last photo showing the water feed to the bath house uncovered recently
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5:12 PM - Sep 13, 2011 #3

Consolidation work inside the fort
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5:18 PM - Sep 13, 2011 #4

Brilliant! I see that drain/watercourse that was laid right up against the big north-south rampart wall, starting from the circular mass of stones. Am I right that that's just weird?
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5:51 PM - Sep 13, 2011 #5

Great pix, Petrus.

Kevin looks cold, someone find him a ski hat!

It sure does look as if that circular structures was associated with the drain. A reservoir in case you needed some dank, fetid stagnant water? Somebody keeping a few koi to look at?

Really looking forward to theories there...

Tim Wolter
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3:38 AM - Sep 15, 2011 #6

Yes, great pictures. Am already praying to the god Cyberspaceus Internetus Rapidus to ensure that I optimise my chances when applications open of being back on site next year!!
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11:37 AM - Sep 15, 2011 #7

Interesting news from katesf -- the north-south ditch is early. Hadrianic at the latest. (So I'm guessing not related to what looks like the very late stone wall next to it?) Preserved organic laminate has been coming out. No word if anything else coming out. According to Vindolanda maps/overlays, it's actually bang on for being the western defensive ditch of Period II/III, around AD 100. What a year!
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6:34 PM - Sep 15, 2011 #8

SacoHarry wrote:Interesting news from katesf -- the north-south ditch is early. Hadrianic at the latest. (So I'm guessing not related to what looks like the very late stone wall next to it?) Preserved organic laminate has been coming out. No word if anything else coming out. According to Vindolanda maps/overlays, it's actually bang on for being the western defensive ditch of Period II/III, around AD 100. What a year!
This info about the date of the ditch appears to be confirmed by the BB pottery coming out of the laminate level, probably Hadrianic, (Period V). The relationship of the ditch to the rampart and stone fort wall in the vicus remains to be firmly established.

I can only echo Harry - what a year! ^o)
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7:32 PM - Sep 15, 2011 #9

That's really interesting if it's Period V. Changes the fort layout for Periods IV-V in a big way! Thx for the news Kate. :)
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9:06 PM - Sep 15, 2011 #10

Visited site today for the last time this year. Last photo opportunity as bad rain is forecast for most of tomorrow. What a beautiful day for digging it was too. Pix to follow.
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