Salve Vicus!

Welcome back readers! Monday marked the beginning of the second half of excavations for the field schoolers, and while it’s hard to believe that it’s half over, I’m excited to get into the vicus. We met a whole new group of volunteers and were split off to start with our excavations. We started with taking out the clay layer; one person would dig and the other would sift through the soil to see if there was anything interesting hidden within it, like Prem when he found a Roman coin!

Prem finally got to use the stick of recognition for finding a coin!
Prem finally got to use the stick of recognition for finding a coin!

After lunch, the weather took a dramatic turn and started to rain rather hard. The dirt in the vicus turned into a congealed mess that was very hard to work with, and after much deliberation it was decided that time would be better served taking the turf off of a small section in the vicus. Among the other things found in the vicus today was an iron tool and a bottom of a pottery bowl that has a stamp in the center of it, which tells us who made it!

The iron tool that I found today, in the context bag it will be stored in
The iron tool that I found today, in the context bag it will be stored in
A piece of pottery with an interesting stamp marking who made it in the centre
A piece of pottery with an interesting stamp marking who made it in the centre

Obviously our time in England is not spent wholly in the trenches and when we get home we like to relax. Occasionally we get some animal visitors and I figure they should get in on some of this blogging action (and plus I’m just a huge fan of animals in general, so why not show some of them off!). So, coming out of the car we greeted by a few hens and a very confident rooster, who seems to like crowing at 6 pm, which is all very confusing.

A few hens and a rooster just walking around, outside of the fences
A few hens and a rooster just walking around, outside of their fences.

And as we ate dinner a few visitors of the canine variety came to say hello, and casually beg for some food.

Morgan and Prem giving some love to the gentle old dog Jess of Haltwhistle
Morgan and Prem giving some love to gentle old Jess of Haltwhistle

All in all, a good day! Though, how can you not have a good day if it ends in petting a cute dog, am I right?

– Rachel

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