Week 3

PaulineM
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Joined: April 10th, 2010, 10:53 am

April 18th, 2011, 7:32 pm #1

18 April - Week 3 has started well with good weather, warm with occasional sightings of midges. Finishing touches have been ongoing during the day to the museum as it was made ready for the Duchess of Northumberland's visit tomorrow to officially open the Hedley building and museum as well as the Carvoran museum. Beth and Alex were visiting the site today and Beth will be here for a few more days.

Photos to follow of digging today.

Pauline M
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SacoHarry
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Joined: August 22nd, 2006, 9:29 pm

April 19th, 2011, 6:53 pm #2

Photos (and captions) from Terry & Pauline from Week 3, Day 1:

Photo taken after lunch when the team in the foreground, shown digging the Centurion's Quarters, get back to work against a backdrop of other diggers.


Looking north at clearing up time. Showing progress from week one in barrack area in Stone fort.


Looking south, a close up of progress in digging the Centurion's Quarters by the end of the day. Hoping to come across a wall coming from the west into the top third of the area as we dig down at some time during the week.


Another shot showing more detail of the road in the area described in previous photos. You can see how much of the road - right of the photo - has been taken out by now.


Area next door previous photos, looking north at the end of the day.
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SacoHarry
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April 19th, 2011, 7:28 pm #3

I wanted to expand on one of Terry & Pauline's pictures because it's just so cool:



Here's a quick plan showing where the picture was taken and at what angle:



And here's what you're looking at:



The orange starting at the right side going into the distance shows the flagstones of the main N/S road within Stone Fort II -- the last fort built at Vindolanda. Most of the flagstones in the middle of the road were removed centuries ago, but here a thin strip of the right (east) side of the road remains.

Corresponding to that road are the green walls to the left. These are barrack walls from the 3rd Century, possibly refashioned as mixed soldier/civilian housing in the 4th Century, and probably reused on into the 5th Century by post-Romans.

In the middle, the light and dark blue bits are from a completely different, earlier period. The light blue marks barrack walls from the Antonine fort. This is known as "Stone Fort I." It was built around AD 160, modified ~AD 180, and demolished ~AD 208. The dark blue surfaces are roughly the floor levels of this Antonine barrack. It appears to be the centurion's quarters for this particular barrack row.

Same site, two utterly different forts. You can even see that the SFII fort was shifted about 15 feet to the left compared to the SFI fort. (This is why the Antonine barrack wall is found directly under the SFII road.) The two cohorts never knew each other, or intermingled. Yet their lives directly overlay each other.
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