Heading south

Today we just about managed to run the mag, the GPR and the resistance meter.  The latter was principally to see if my attempts to get rid of the striping problem had been successful. I fear the answer is ‘no’.

Mike asked me if we were as far on as I hoped after the first week.  I have been pleased with progress, but this prompted me to look at the bigger picture.

The entire survey area after the day 6 of the 2015 season.

The entire survey area after the day 6 of the 2015 season.

As you can see, we have already completed a big area of the Gorhambury side of the Roman town, but there is still a great deal to do, even if we ignore areas like ‘The Fosse’ which lies outside the town walls.  Obviously, we will not complete it all this year.

Today’s mag survey worked its way south towards the hedge line in the middle of the ‘Theatre Field’.  Tomorrow we will finish the bits to the north of that hedge line, then start working our way further south.

The survey after day 6.

The survey after day 6.

The main finds today were buildings along Streets 11 and 25 (as defined by Niblett and Thompson 2005).

Buildings found during day 6.

Buildings found during day 6.

Building Insula XXX, No. 6 faces north east onto Street 11 and appears to have a series of rooms backed by a long corridor.  This building was seen in an aerial photograph taken in 1959 although we have revealed many more details than seen previously.

One great aspect of working in this area is the lack of previous excavations, water pipes, gas pipes, park benches, goal posts and cricket pitches messing up the geophysical data!  We’ll be out again tomorrow, watch this space.

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