To the north of the barrack, our strange new walls mentioned yesterday seem to be resolving themselves into a wide gulley although it's relationship with the other features nearby is unclear- and we still don't understand the curved stone setting next to it.
In the south of the barrack, there has been lots more work focusing on revealing the drains and paths probably associated with the earlier barrack. Right at the very end of the trench, one of our students, Alice, discovered a beautiful little carved bone dolphin - probably a toggle or a pendant. It has parallels with a number of broadly similar fish/dolphin pendants from northern Britain, although our is rather more finely finished than the others.
In Trench 2, the cleaning up of the floor and drains in the main changing room has shown that either the drains had a complex double cap stone system or they may be related to a slightly earlier floor surface to the compacted concrete one we've recognised covering most of the building. In the corridor, we've identified a complex series of layers near the door threshold, including possible in situ tiles, although we can only see these in section. Nearby we've also found what seems to be a flu tile still in place in the wall. Whether this is indicator of a hitherto unrecognised system of wall flues is not certain- instead it could be an isolated example perhaps related to the system of drains and culverts.
In the southern end of the corridor, we have started to hit the floor surface as we move the final wedge of late Roman dump deposit. It is clear that the flag stone floor, as elsewhere in the building, is a later addition; as we can clearly see the opus signinum from one of the small plunge baths running underneath it.