End of Week 1

Vindolanda Trust - Monday, April 14, 2014
After the 1st week of excavations, and a few missed days because of the rain, the teams have done extremely well both inside the fort and below the vicus. In the fort the excavations have rolled back another 5metres of turf and have started to uncover the remains of the late 4th century and post-Roman buildings, you can catch up with this work and our other activities on a daily basis through Justin Blakes twitter feed. Below the vicus buildings the team has worked hard to remove the 1970's gravel and into the foundation clay and packing below. Here they have discovered a mixture of Antonine foundations and heavy packing for the Severan buildings above. In places this packing is over 50cms thick and difficult to move. It will however have done a fantastic job of keeping out the oxygen from the layers of archaeology below, giving us great hope that as this excavation progresses there will be a great chance of anaerobic conditions.

As week 2 progresses expect more of the 4th and 5th centuries to come alive inside the fort and we may just find out by the end of the week how good the organic preservation is below our vicus buildings.

Excavation of the vicus building site XXX

Excavations below site XXXII, the deep clay and rubble packing


Francesca Cotugno commented on 29-May-2014 04:56 PM
Originally Posted - 14 April 2014 23:14
Hi, First of all I would thank you for your work, It is brilliant and I hope that this excavation will be fruitful. I am a student in Linguistics and I am writing my academic dissertation on Vindolanda's ink tablets and I would kindly ask you if by writing "giving us great hope that as this excavation progresses there will be a great chance of anaerobic conditions" you are expexting, or maybe hoping, to find some new tablets. Sincerely,
Andrew Birley commented on 29-May-2014 04:58 PM
Originally Posted - 15 April 2014 08:40
Thanks for the positive comments :-) We will be very surprised if we don't have more writing tablets by the end of June this year. They will be joined with many more artefacts giving a good rounded picture of the early second century occupation and fingers crossed all of this could be sitting in the remains of the timber pincipia of the period II-V forts.
Radiant Monkey15 commented on 29-May-2014 05:00 PM
Originally Posted - April 2014 23:14

Wow! That is very exciting indeed. Sounds like a portentous beginning to the season. Good luck!
Andrew Birley16 commented on 29-May-2014 05:05 PM
Originally Posted - 16 April 2014 08:29
First wattle and daub fence starting to show today, now under water, so the signs are very good indeed.

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