Day 4 … more wall fun…

The North Pennines weather struck again. As the nice weather of yesterday gave way to first a cold front followed by sudden and rather damp squalls, the work on the walls over and around the fort continued.

The first job was to clean up the footings left and cover the infill area with soil…

Then removing the dozens of finds for cleaning and catalouging….

which largely entails loading them into wheel barrows and walking thing them down to the  camp and the finds tent…

Where the finds get cleaned

by a team

But not all the finds are being removed. Many of the Forts chamfered stones from the forts walls that I mentioned yesterday are being used for the footings, so that the line of the wall will still be seen…

But the wheel barrows need to be brought back, in the drizzle…

 

Archaeologist Al Oswald trudges back in the drizzle with a wheelbarrow for the finds…

We haven’t only been deconstructing walls. Some of the perimeter walls needed repairing. So before hand they need to be dismantled and the stones laid out (As sam goes hunting) before a professional dry stone waller can put it back together and repair the breach .

Day 4 Anatomy of a Wall

Day 4 Anatomy of a Wall

Laid out like this it looks like a plastic model kit…

The fort ramparts can be seen behind.

Even here finds were made like this quarter quern stone:

 

Day 4 Quern Stone

Day 4 Quern Stone

Tony, (a friend and work colleague I hadn’t seen in over 30 years and who made contact as a result of this blog and rode over on his motor cycle to see the action at Epiacum like other visitors we get during the day) modelling a quern stone find from the perimeter wall…

Sam says goodnight as the troops gather around the camp fire…

More in the morrow as we start to tackle the sections in the second wall…

 

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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