It’s day three of our excavation in the vicus, and within such a short time we’ve already made stunning progress! We’re very excited to be digging our very own trench, and hope to find something extraordinary here within the next few weeks. After clearing the area of turf on Tuesday, we’ve dedicated our time to digging beneath the vicus building itself to the older ditch hidden below. The building on the highest level here was from around the year 213 CE, and the ditch (where we expect to find all manner of exciting things) would have been from the Severan era. We’re currently extending our trench down to the highest level of the ditch, and expect to be excavating the Severan level by Monday.
It’s exciting to note that this is the area in which Dr. Meyer found a human skull in 2002, just a couple of feet from our new trench! We’ve all been holding out hope that we’ll find some human remains of our own this summer, but only time will tell.
While our finds have consisted of mostly pottery and bone, we have had the occasional interesting find. Just today, Ben uncovered a peculiar feature in the trench which turned out to be a wall from the Antonine period!
As for objects, today gave us our very first glass shard and this wonderful pot lid.
We’ll keep you posted with our latest exciting finds from the vicus as we descend into the Severan era. Until next time!