Operation Jericho – the set up

The weekend has been busy for the Trustees, volunteers and archaeologists. Firstly Stewart Ainsworth and a small group of volunteers had to survey and record the wall so that an accurate digital copy can be re- constructed. This involved a lot of photography and very accurate GPS location data.

GPS of targets

How many archaeologists does it take to mark the GPS of a target centre?

The next task was to mark out the wall so that finds can be accurately referenced and to act as a guide for the wall dismantlers.

The following day there was a detailed survey of the wall to see what stones had archaeological detail…

Survey

Fran and Steve looking for interesting stones

And recording them…

Stewart recording interesting stones whilst they are in situ

And we found quite a few of interest such as…

Shaped stone

and a broken Quern Stone …

A broken quern stone

And this carved ‘Serpents’ head (possibly!)…

Carving

‘Serpents head’ carved stone

And down below the fort the camp was being set up…

 

Elaine and Fran planning..

Later…

The camp starts to take shape as the local steam train passes by…

and Stewart leaves with his kit…

at the end of the weekend.

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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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