Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Roman Binchester Dig: Day Sixteen

Last week was the calm before the storm, as around 60 people started on site this morning. The new team consists mainly of the US team and members of the Durham and Northumberland Arch & Arch (plus a small band of miscellaneous extras and hangers on!). The sheer number of people has allowed us to really crack on with some of the key, labour intensive jobs that still needed to be done. Starting in Trench 2, we've got a series of small teams removing the remaining baulks across Dere Street; this means we should soon have the exposed the Roman road surface across the length of the trench.

This has already also started to reveal new areas of street frontage with large flagstoned areas. We also have a team tackling the final remaining large ridge of rubble that runs roughly parallel to the road in the centre of the site, in the area between the strip buildings and the larger structure. This will give us a chance to start recognising any areas of potential activity in this zone, for example, floor surfaces or evidence for further pits.

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