Week 7 reports

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8:15 AM - May 13, 2012 #1

Being six hours ahead I shall beat Harry to the new topic start!

Reports and photos welcome.

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6:07 PM - May 14, 2012 #2

Somewhat lengthy post and pix tonight, I want to help Harry catch up. Activity on site has shifted a bit. That north south road has been left alone today and there are four areas of primary activity.

The first is North of the water channel and just to the west of the trenches being actively worked last week. So, to the east of 4a and adjacent to the water channel. Preferring words to numbers I call this "Colonial Corner" as it is being worked by Scott from LA and his posse of Canadian students:


Chief feature here is an odd bit of solid stonework. Could it be another wall in the wrong place? No doubt the crew was put to work to try and define a western ditch edge, but archeology is getting in the way as it so often does...


Moving to the south......
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6:14 PM - May 14, 2012 #3

Welcome to Sunny Valley.


This is on the south side of the water channel, to the west of Harry's area 4b.
It has been a little frustrating, few finds of late other than the amphora seal from last week.

Main feature is right on the south edge of the channel:

Here you are looking at a rare sight at Vindo, natural clay. Cut into it are various beam slots from who knows what eras. Note the rounded ones....rather...British looking?
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6:19 PM - May 14, 2012 #4

I call this area Anaerobe Gulch. It abuts the west edge of the North South road that Harry designates as 4b and 4c, and is sort of between these two areas.

This area has intact wooden posts, and yielded some leather and barrel staves last week. So far this week, quiet.
Chief feature:


Black Mud.
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6:25 PM - May 14, 2012 #5

Andrew has promised ice cream for the first trench that reaches the relevant shop near the West Gate entrance. I have been working on a couple of contenders Friday and today. We are searching for the source of the water that fed the channel (tank, spring, well?) So I call this area Headwaters:

You can see the orientation with regards to the excavators shanty. In a north south direction it is roughly in line with the water channel.
A few interesting developments. Although quite soupy on Friday the trench to the east that we deturfed on Friday has a very nice metalled roadway (mentioned by Justin) and a possible Antonine/Severan round house peeking through. Of course a few stones in a rough curve can easily be over read, stay tuned.
The further west trench is still early days, one corroded coin and a bit of cross hatched floor tile.
Chief feature:

Wet, heavy turf and plenty of it.


Nice digging today, colder tomorrow. Typical Vindo weather with occasional showers, but forecasts less dire than last week.

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10:12 PM - May 14, 2012 #6

Amazing! Such great shots & update. I've got my site-plan catch-up work cut out for me. At this rate by August they'll be opening trenches outside Causeway House!
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3:59 PM - May 15, 2012 #7

Weather is holding up nicely.

Slow day on site for finds. A couple of beads, a hunk of lead. Another nice tile with a perfect dog paw print.
The only major feature development is an unwelcome one....our Far West trench is about 40% back fill from a 1930s pit that was unrecorded. Probably an earlier attempt to define the course of the water channel.
A lesson in careful recording, paid for by yours truely and my trenchmates.
Better stuff tomorrow, for sure!

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8:15 PM - May 15, 2012 #8

Oh, a couple of pix for the armchair diggers....



This is the pesky bird that shows up every day at lunch time to bother the diggers for crumbs. CHIRP! CHIRP!

Last week I posted a picture of a bit of brick/tile that had a possible animal print on it. Well, courtesy of one of our Canadian students....



A no doubt about it dog print!

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5:13 AM - May 16, 2012 #9

I also post in a less serious format.* If you simply must see pix of the recently discovered un recorded trench, well, nip over to the Detritus of Empire blog via this link:

Trench Warfare

alas.

We shall see what can be salvaged.

T.Wolter

*some would say an "even less serious" format.
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7:31 AM - May 16, 2012 #10

Missing the mud already, keep up the photos & updates nice to see the sunny weather.
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