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Slack Roman fort excavation 2008

Following the highly successful Society dig in 2007, which uncovered the aqueduct system supplying water to the fort and produced dating evidence that pointed to Romano-British activity on the site long after the supposed abandonment of the fort, members were keen to see what else might be discovered in the vicus to the north of the fort.

2007 dig - Junction of two conduits carrying water to the fort - the lower one had a wooden base from which samples were extracted for carbon dating.

The 2007 dig was carried out in the wettest July weather for many years. The nine day 2008 dig was in an even wetter August!

The main objective was to discover the presence of walls or building foundations in this area of the vicus. Two large trenches, ten metres by five, were opened using a mechanical digger. This was the first time the Society had used such equipment.

One of the two large trenches with a 'plan view' of the vicus emerging

Throughout both trenches large areas of 'paving' were found. These may be bases for working areas and may have been covered by wooden structures built on horizontal wooden beams. No confirmatory evidence for this was found. In both trenches there was evidence of cooking using small fireplaces, and in one of the trenches a quantity of bone was found near to two large urns and a roof tile with the stamp of the cohort which had occupied the fort.

A review of the day's work

Although no walls were found the evidence suggests considerable activity in the vicus. The many ceramic finds, added to those of the 2007 excavation, will help to date the area, giving us a clearer picture of what happened at Slack during and after its occupation by the military.

 

 

 

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Some illustrations from the book

 

Roman milestone found on the route of the road

 

 

Crossing the high moorland

 

An initial 'spine' of overlapping stones marked the centre of the road


SLACK PHOTOS 2008


 

First batch of multiple finds

 

The second of two urns found on the site

 

 

 

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An interesting specimen waits to be identified

 

All hands to the buckets!

 
 
 
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