Short post today I think. Archeology is not all gentle troweling and whisking. The last two days have been plenty of wheelbarrows full of mud and boulders. I am "knackered" as they say here in the U.K.
Our nice layer of laminate, packed with tasty organic bits, proved to be only two inches thick. Underneath we have the surface of a road. This had to be cleared, plotted and photographed before we could go deeper. And under the road we have another layer of clay and rubble. But a few interesting structures are peeking through.
We "might" have the top tier of a wooden fence.
This surely is one whopping wooden post. Presumably it once supported a timber building. Circa 120 AD?
Lots of grunt work today with not much for interesting finds. This is a partial shoe found in the trench next to us. Vindolanda has what I believe is the world's most extensive collection of Roman footwear.
And look at this bit. When I found it I was certain that I had something. A mirror maybe? A painted bit of wood?
Nope, not an artifact. Just a little bit of silver birch wood with its nice shiny bark.