Irregular Post; Hadrian’s Wall – 1&2

Sunday June 19, 2016 Howsit? DiggingDONE, WalkingBEGUN. Friday broke raining and cool; surprise? It did let up and mostly stop by pit time at 9:00A. A couple of the less hardy souls jumped at the chance to work inside cataloging and photographing. Hardy ones like Meg and I, and 6 others worked Pit A. Pit A veterans had their clay mounds that “needed” to be shaved down with the little trowels. These are small diamond shaped masonry pointing trowels. Their clay is HARD pack and resistant to shaving or digging or most any thing. They are finding LITTLE. But Meg released a major find from the hard pack clay. A small green piece of Roman glass. Not the kind of thing to be museum displayed, like Ceres from Tuesday, but valuable because of its rarity and ability to dated and located in origin. She gets a “finder’s” credit like Amanda did. I was working in a ditch between the Roman road and the hard pack clay. I was removing the black charcoal speckled dirt, slowly working down to hard pack clay. Ditches and middens are great places to dig. I was finding bone and pottery shards; red Samian, and Black Burnished ware, light-tan mortarium (from broad mortar plates for grinding herbs etc). After lunch we had the requisite team photo. The rain came again so we finished cleaning the site for the weekend. Down the hill we walked leaving clay footprints behind. Next week there will be only four on the dig plus 2-4 local volunteers. In the evening, the team went down the street to an Indian place...