There is a story going around the site. Supposedly since an altar to Jupiter Dolichenus (a weather god incarnation of Jupiter) was discovered and moved last year, Vindolanda excavations have not had two straight sunny days for digging!
Today was grey, cold and drizzly, but at least we dug the whole day. My finds, well, the usual sort of thing:
But if my finds were mundane at least there was some interesting stuff coming up elsewhere on the site.
Warrior and Bunny" pattern we found last year. Sadly, the neck looks wrong. (But what a nice bunny tail!)
Another Samian ware decoration. Perhaps another gladiator? Or since the legs look a bit furry, maybe a satyr.
writing tablet. It takes very special conditions for these things to survive, and Vindolanda is known for such condtions. This is the first one found this year. It was quickly placed in a tupperware tub and covered with water from my famous "trench warfare" ditch. Down to the lab it went, and a couple of hours later the word comes back:
"Visible writing seen." From here it goes through a very complex conservation program and is sent to the British Museum to be decyphered. The whole process takes a couple of months, and it will be very interesting to see what words of a Roman soldier or merchant or who knows what have survived 1800 years to turn up in a trench 20 feet from me.
Of course it was a novice, first year digger who found it!