As with every SERF fieldschool, we aim to give our students a taste of as many archaeological techniques as possible alongside our main excavations. This year, our students had a full complement of projects which they could include in their portfolios, including walkover survey, geophysical survey, standing building survey, topographic survey and community outreach activities like the Dunning Big Dig. Here are some of the results from these projects, rounding out another superb SERF Project fieldschool in Dunning.
Topographic survey at Kincladie Wood Roman Camp
|The upstanding north ramparts of a Roman temporary camp survive in Kincladie Wood on the edge of Dunning.|
|Aerial and profile views of the Roman camp ramparts and titulus gate|
The survey focused on the Kincladie Wood section of the defences, recording the main bank and ditch of the camp, as well as the surviving remains of the titulus bank and ditch beyond the northern entrance. At the west end of the rampart, the survey might suggest the beginning of the corner of the camp, in contrast to the plan which shows this in the field beyond. At the east end of the rampart, the survey may have just picked up the entrance before being cut by the road. An additional low bank to the south of the main rampart looks likely to be associated with drainage in the boggy area of woodland.
Much remains to be revealed about Dunning’s Roman camp: its date remains uncertain, part of its extent remains unknown, and there is no known evidence of activity in the interior associated with its use. Our survey of this part of the monument was a brief training exercise, but it re-opens these questions for future research.
Dunning Big Dig and Beyond
|University of Toronto student Cait uncovers an early wall in a back garden in Dunning|
|Loom weights neatly stacked against the wall of the abandoned Weaver's Cottage on Thimble Row|
|A section of the early medieval monastic enclosure or vallum ditch found in a back garden north of St Serf's|