Well, that’s a pretty smooth final picture, eh? I thought I’d lead off my (first) final post for 2013 with it. What an accomplishment. So, I hope I’ve given everyone enough time to read all those fabulous goodbye posts from the students. I think we’ve had another successful Vindolanda Field School season! I couldn’t possibly beat any of those posts, but I wanted to make sure that everyone knows what happened in the trench in that final week. As you know we had a number of illustrious visitors working with us that last week including Dean of Arts & Humanities, Michael Milde and his wife Valerie. This wasn’t just a lark–we put them to work and here’s the picture to prove it!
We also had some supporters of the Global Opportunities student scholarship program, the folks that have been a big part of making it possible for students to have experiences such as this. We can’t thank you enough for your help and support!!!
So I imagine you’re wondering also how far we got in this trench of ours….Well, the progress is astonishing when the sun shines! All the features that we saw popping out of the surface all those weeks ago have been at least partially excavated. There’s still work to be done, but these guys helped to explore almost everything we had hoped for this season. The pit in the center of the trench turned out to be a proper ditch, in perfect Vindolanda fashion (that sort of thing happens a lot around here!). It has been quite prolific with pottery, so a date is assured for its fill after we examine everything closely. The oven in the northeast ended up being surrounded by a very significant pit full of ash, pottery, crushed brick and tile and other stuff. Stay tuned on this feature until 2014–I don’t think we’ve seen the last of this complex!
And one last shot of this fabulous trench and this fabulous group of students!!! Oh and, you haven’t heard the last from me yet, I have to put up all the fabulous pictures from 2013 that haven’t made it in yet. Until then!