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From Aug 2006 - Nov 2013 WeDig provided a live forum for diggers & fans of Vindolanda. It has now been mothballed and will be maintained as a live archive.

Here you will find preserved 7 years of conversation, photos, & knowledge about a site many people love. Vindolanda gets under the skin. (Figuratively and literally as a volunteer excavator!) It's a place you remember, filled with people you remember!

Thanks for 7 great years!

20 Questions about Vindolanda

A very brief orientation for new and returning diggers



1. What is Vindolanda?
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2. Why were the Romans all the way up here?
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3. So if Vindolanda is part of Hadrianís Wall, why is it a mile behind it?
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4. Did Vindolanda keep functioning after the Wall was built?
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5. Which Legion was stationed here?
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6. Are the visible ruins from AD85 then?
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7. Are the ruins outside the fort considered part of the fort?
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8. So how many forts were built here?
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9. Wow. Why so many forts?
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10. Is that what makes Vindolanda so special?
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11. So thereís as much as 20 feet of earlier forts buried in the ground below me?
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12. OK. Why donít you give me the full rundown of the forts so I can get them straight.
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13. Which of these periods do the tablets come from?
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14. What makes the tablets so special?
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15. Any chance Iíll find a tablet?
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16. If I do find one, will I be able to read it?
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17. At every other dig I see, people carefully trowel back the ground. Why do you guys tend to take out whole spadefuls at a time?
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18. What else might I find?
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19. What if I get to Vindolanda and the weather is lousy?
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20. Can I keep something I find as a souvenir?
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