After a wet Friday and a busy weekend, including a trip for the US students up to Hadrian's Wall, it was back to work with a vengeance this morning. The site had largely dried out and we had an excellent turnout (over 70 people out today). After the usual introductory site tours we soon had everyone hard at work. In Trench 1 lots of cobbles were coming off along the roadway to reveal further cobbles.
Nonetheless, it is clear real progress is being made; we've a group working removing a layer of stones which lay between two lines of stone that run at right angles from the drainage gully – we're not quite sure of the purpose of these lines. They are clearly not structural; possibly Roman 'sleeping policemen'? In general, it seems that the lower layers of stone in this area are smaller than those above, a number of more sandy patches have also appeared. Further north, as Hilly's pit is becoming even more complicated, we are half-sectioning the remaining fills, whilst we plan the rest of it.