Thursday 3 June 2010

The topsoil strip continues

Weather much better yesterday and progress is continuing apace. The plan below shows the location of the new Trench B in the vicus to the east of the fort. The trench cuts through the distinct terrace that runs along the length of the field. At the southern edge of the trench the remains of Dere Street are very close to the surface but they are more deeply buried to the north. This is probably due to the presence of the terrace, which appears to be made up of topsoil, seemingly supporting our hypothesis that this is an element of 19th century landscaping associated with the reconstruction of Binchester Hall. The weather is good again today, so we're hoping to make good progress in completing the topsoil strip and getting all the site huts and storage units onto the site in readiness for the arrival of the students next week.


  1. Good to see that we are still finding Roman excavations. What will happen to the topsoil when you have finished the excavation?

  2. Good to see some progress coming on here . I would love to visit an excavation one day. This one isn't that far away from me. looks like some decent topsoil coming off from this site.