Hello again! and first some catch up photos from the site yesterday courtesy of Norman Redhead… this is Felicity Wild checking out our possible Samian ware from the three weeks we’ve been here… with, right to left, – Sonia, Vicky, Margaret, (Felicity), Jacqui, Sue and Paul. Wish I’d been there.
Here’s a nice one of Felicity and John Peter Wild standing by the Via Praetoria as it goes through the East Gate…for those who don’t know, JP Wild is the famous Romanist from University of Manchester.. ..this is Steve and Kevin finding the rampart ditch in Trench 7….and below Sarah-Jane is digging the Gateway post-hole in Trench 6, deeper and deeper….
Today…. we have Trench 2 – with a lovely floor being trowelled by Sue –
Here’s the fine hearth, I did show it you the other day but you can never have too many pictures of such a hearth..
And on to Trench 7, where you can see the nice little structure at the interior of the rampart. John says in his Friday afternoon tour that the Romans would have built certain of their structures away from the wooden buildings – for example blacksmith’s shop, or bread ovens, to minimize fire risk – and a good place would be behind or cut into the rampart. This is possibly one such thing. May be more info on this next week.
Trench 6 has had 2 things going on this week: first the defining of the ramparts and second the excavation of the pits of the post-holes that supported the Gateway structures and canopies. They’ve been getting deeper all week as you will have seen and here’s Vicky, now able to hide in one.
Much intricate work has been going on in Trench 1 and here’s a flavour of it, revealing more of what Thompson found and excavated, what he found and partially excavated and what he left alone. In this image you can see a service road excavated by Thompson, and almost the start of the intervallum at the bottom of the picture, plus a post hole in between………
Also Trench 1 has certainly given up the find of the day and probably of the week – given up in fact to Mavis, pictured here holding the wonderful melon bead…
Here’s Mavis above looking very pleased with herself….
That’s me done for this week then blog-followers, my next task is in this glass and is coloured deep red. Thanks so much for the flowers Anne, even if they were for Sonia! Here they are in the background looking v pretty.
Have a great weekend! B