In the Vicus

This week was our third week of digging and I was lucky enough to spend this week along with Alex, Emily and Veronica in the vicus excavating with Andrew Birley. Through the course of the week we have been excavating the roadway and ditch system of one of the earlier timber forts, which coincidently runs directly below later centurion quarters. For most of the week now we have been focused on removing the levels of soil to get to the natural layer. The depth of the trench however complicates the task of removing these layers. On Monday I spent the afternoon tossing mud out of the trench into a wheelbarrow for Alex and another volunteer Robyn. Somehow I was deemed most apt for the tossing of the mud because I was the tallest (for those who don’t know me, I barely reach 5’3). It was all good fun however and I loved seeing how easily the mud broke apart on the different strata’s of fill.

Today we focused on removing the side of a trench that had been fortified by stone.  Yesterday we were called off because of rain so part of the task today was managing the water that had built up in our trench while continuing to excavate.  The extra rain just meant that it was super muddy in the trench and by the end of the day Alex and I were completely covered in mud.  It was all good fun and mid-way through the day we got over getting dirty and just accepted it. 

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This week was our third week of digging and I was lucky enough to spend this week along with Alex, Emily and Veronica in the vicus excavating with Andrew Birley. Through the course of the week we have been excavating the roadway and ditch system of one of the earlier timber forts, which coincidently runs directly below later centurion quarters. For most of the week now we have been focused on removing the levels of soil to get to the natural layer. The depth of the trench however complicates the task of removing these layers. On Monday I spent the afternoon tossing mud out of the trench into a wheelbarrow for Alex and another volunteer Robyn. Somehow I was deemed most apt for the tossing of the mud because I was the tallest (for those who don’t know me, I barely reach 5’3). It was all good fun however and I loved seeing how easily the mud broke apart on the different strata’s of fill.

Today we focused on removing the side of a trench that had been fortified by stone.  Yesterday we were called off because of rain so part of the task today was managing the water that had built up in our trench while continuing to excavate.  The extra rain just meant that it was super muddy in the trench and by the end of the day Alex and I were completely covered in mud.  It was all good fun and mid-way through the day we got over getting dirty and just accepted it. 

– Monika 

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