Day 3 Finds and news about the wall…

Today was great weather. Blue skies and clear visibility, just the day for motoring on the wall deconstruction and did the team on the wall motor but more about that later. First lets have a look at some of the finds today:

First we have a range of quern stone fragments

Then we found an interesting piece of slag with something embedded in it. This is going to be sent off for analysis to see whether it is slag from lead extraction process. This is important because Epiacum is in a lead mining area. This is the first slag found on the fort and is very exciting.

 

Slag

Slag

The slag has something embedded in it…

Embedded

Is it from the Roman era, earlier or later?

We have then found a series of architectural stones from buildings…

 

Door or window stone

Then this

chamfered stone – window detail?

 

A socket or drill stone

A socket or drill stone

Practice Drill holes?

Practice Drill holes?

And a grind stone. I have put it in black and white and colour. See the grinding marks?

 

And the last part of the first wall was dismantles today. I said todays crew were motoring in the good weather…

 

Last part of the first wall

Last part of the first wall

 

 

Tidying up

Tidying up

And all gone!

The weather is threatening to break tomorrow – more wet stuff on the way. I dropped off a big tub of dubbin for the student’s boots tonight. I think they might need it. My boots are prepared!

I am still stunned about the amount of archaeological material coming out of this wall.

That’s it for today. Bed time.

In this series:

 

Overview of the project:

Many individuals and organisations are involved with the management of Epiacum. We would particularly like to thank the following: Heritage Lottery Fund, North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership, Historic England, and Natural England
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