Week One

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March 29th, 2008, 12:51 pm #1

It started at the Twicey, like this...
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March 29th, 2008, 12:54 pm #2

I had to drive it in countryside like this...
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March 29th, 2008, 12:56 pm #3

fortunately the roads were like this...
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March 29th, 2008, 1:02 pm #4

I failed to take a baseline photo-set so you will have to rely on Andy's promised post of his exploratory trench. Also I only took pix of the part of the trench I was working on which was the alleyway between the 2 granaries. However, by the end of day 1 Andy decided that the eastern-most granary was not a granary at all as the wall that he eventually managed to expose was not buttressed. This pic shows the progress we made in the alley - we exposed from the first buttress up to the second.
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March 29th, 2008, 1:06 pm #5

Day 2: we dug a bit deeper and exposed a few more courses of masonry and also expanded to the west to get the full width of the granary wall.
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March 29th, 2008, 1:09 pm #6

Day 3: We widened our trench to incorporate the not-a-granary wall and progressed exposure of the granary wall.
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March 29th, 2008, 1:14 pm #7

Day 4: We dug down while Andy dug west to expose the granary floor. We took our level as the chamfer (MS Word spelling - we think champher in English but can anyone enlighten us?) on the wall - looks good.
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March 29th, 2008, 1:18 pm #8

Day 5: Rain - yuk. pot washing was followed by an early lunch followed by only 2 hours of digging before we had a tour of the lab and a peek at Justin's area. Only 2 hours means we did not achieve all that much but here is what the week 2 guys will be looking at tomorrow morning just after 10 am (if they remembered to put their time-pieces forward 1 hour!)
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March 29th, 2008, 1:22 pm #9

And finally...my nicely exposed buttress. Come the 13th of April I shall see what the next 2 week's human JCBs achieve. (I have more photies but this 1 pic per post is a pain! Anyone wants them (about 20 in all) just ask and I will email them.)
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March 29th, 2008, 2:33 pm #10

Wow!

These are brilliant! Talk about quick return-on-investment, no? And what an appetite-whetter. The bit of floor you've exposed also looks beautiful; nice to see it still there. Any sign yet of an underfloor ventilation system like at Corbridge?

And I love the chamfering! (Merriam-Webster online also shows "f" and not "ph", so that's where my money is.) I'd never seen that before in any of the granaries that are exposed along the Wall. Beautiful piece of work, that.

Thanks a ton, Nic, for the post and for kicking off the season here on the forum. Hope this is the start of many great things! But please, no more snow! Here in Maine we've just endured our 22nd snow/sleet/ice storm of the season yesterday, and more of the evil flakes are falling today. Curse them.

- Harry
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