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Hadrian's Wall new excavation

Just announced in the June 2021 email newsletter from Historic England:

"Newcastle University and Historic England’s Archaeological Projects team are co-directing the excavation, facilitated by English Heritage. The project is due to finish in 2026.

Visitors to the English Heritage site of Birdoswald are able to view ongoing excavation until 5 August by booking free guided tours."

https://historicengland.org.uk/whats-new/in-your-area/north-west/new-partnership-transforming-research-hadrians-wall/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=news

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We visited Hadrian's Wall (stayed overnight at Haltwhistle) and the fort Vindolanda.

The wall is only about 4 ft high, but driving around that part of England you see stone walls (probably taken from the wall) dividing farms instead of the ever present hedges farther south.

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That's interesting and an extra 'attraction' to actually watch the archaeologists at work. It will be interesting to see what they discover as Bird Oswald, as it always seems to be one of the 'forgotten' sites. The remains of the bridge abutment below the fort is also worth visiting too.

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I wonder why on a 5 year dig they are only allowing lookie-loos for 5 weeks...

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I suppose if they allow longer it may slow down the rate of excavation/research?