Monday, June 04, 2012

Vindolanda 2012 day five

After discouraging weather forecasts I was surprised to see breaks in the clouds this morning and-Sol Invictus!-sunshine by lunch time.

So we got a little better than a half day of digging in, albeit much of it doing clean up duty.

On one end of the site they are down into the layers where organic stuff gets preserved.  Mmmmm…nice soupy mud with fence posts coming through:

This is called "cut and crumble" technique.  Slice the murky Jello with a spade and the up top crew crumbles it into bits looking for the small and interesting.  A rather pleasant job actually.  They found a bit of leather in this trench, as well as these: