Various Victories in the Vicus

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!

Dr. Birley inspects the new feature and advises our course of action

As for objects, today gave us our very first glass shard and this wonderful pot lid.

Bonus marks to anyone who can guess the function of this artifact before it became a 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!


2 thoughts on “Various Victories in the Vicus

  1. Flipped upside down I imagine the pot lid could have been used for any number of things. Was the artifact initially used as soap dish of sorts? Did it have something to do with cosmetics or keeping clean? Or, rather, was it used as a some sort of drinking vessel? Do tell!

    1. Dr. Birley pointed this out to us, but it’s a little difficult to tell what’s happened here. You can see that the area around the top of the lid has been roughly scraped away to form the knob. This meant to Dr. Birley that this item was once actually a pot bottom, repurposed as a lid! It’s interesting to see innovation like this in the ancient world.

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