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Clean Tools
The Super-Tesco at Hexham usually stocks heavy-duty gardening gloves for a ridiculously low price. If you have transportation there, your knuckles, fingernails, and non-digging B&B breakfast buddies will thank you!

Week 2
Fantastic pictures! Thank you much Pete for those.

For those interested, the water channel which is being re-excavated (Pete's picture http://z1.ifrm.com/7061/121/0/p1024097/Vindolanda_April_2012.jpg_12.jpg) was first dug by Eric Birley back in 1931. He left a great report on his finds (available here) including good pics of how it looked some 80 years ago:

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Stones & dirt. The more things change, the more they stay the same!

2012 Excavation Season Group Photographs
Week 1, from Andy. That rain looks coooooooold!

2012 Barcombe Hill walk
A route map would be great! If & as appropriate, Mike, I'd be happy to help with pulling, say, Google Maps images and drawing up routes. It would be great to expand the "Walks" section of the Diggers' Guide beyond its, well, meager current offering. :D

Justin's Twitter feed returning
And he's back! First new tweets of '12 are up, and the feed to WeDig is working. Thanks Justin!

Week 2
Placeholder for the 2nd week at Vindolanda. So many great shots and details from Week 1. Hope to keep it going! Please post & share.

Email system down
The Powers That Be have helped me adjust the settings (read: they were hiding in plain sight). Members may now e-mail each other! If anyone starts receiving solication, spam, or problematic e-mails, please let me know and I will take appropriate action.

Week 1
Hi Bill, welcome to WeDig!

There are a couple options for posting pictures. The simplest is attaching them in the "Attachments" section that shows up just below the box where you type in the post. Here's a link with a step-by-step.

The pictures themselves won't show up on the page, just a link (that trick's reserved for lucky admins -- I wish they'd fix that). But folks who read your post will be able to simply click the attachment link to see the picture(s).

If you have any trouble, always feel free to e-mail me directly at text_style@hotmail.com. You're welcome to send pics to me and I'll upload them, with captions, for you.

- Harry

Email system down
Hi all. It seems that the WeDig board's internal email system is currently down. Members can still send PMs to each other, but clicking the "Click Here" button to send a proper email ends with an error message.

I can't find an on/off switch on any of the Board's admin panels, so have sent in a request for help. Will keep you up to date.

In the interim, if there's something I can help with you may always feel free to email me directly at text_style@hotmail.com or of course PM me from here within WeDig.

- Harry

Week 1
For hi-res views of these and more from Week 1, Day 4, please see the full album here.

Week 1
As promised!

First, an updated plan -- now that I'm starting to get the orientation a bit better in my head I think it's looking more like what's actually on the ground.
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A lot of action, all over the place!

Now, to some of Terry & Pauline's great new shots:

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From NW corner of 1a, looking SE

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New trench "4" just across the pathway to the west of 1a/1b -- a cobbled roadway/workyard?

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New trench "5," seen from the south -- starting to clean up & get into the early 2nd C ditch under the massive late 2nd C fort wall

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New trench "6," seen from the north -- taking down the baulk

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Trench "2" from the north

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From about northern tip of Trench 2, looking NW across 1b (far right), 1a (center) and 4 (far left, beyond the path)

Looks like winter's last revenge at least was short-lived!

Week 1
I've got a batch from Terry & Pauline I should have up in another couple of hours!

Week 1
Rats. Tried to post a couple pictures this morning, but they were taken from Twitpic (a service of Twitter), and apparently only I was able to see them. At any rate, for those with Twitter, you may occasionally find interesting pictures & snippets of goings-on. The Trust has rules about Tweeting on-site, please keep those in mind. And please encourage Diggers who Tweet to come here to WeDig and tell us about what's going on in the trenches so we all can enjoy.

Justin's Twitter feed returning
Hi all! You may remember the great Twitter feed last year by Justin Blake, Deputy Director of Excavations. He says he'll be repeating it again for 2012. He's away this week but will be back on site starting Week 2 and hopefully Tweeting away.

Week 1
katesf
Apr 3 2012, 10:45 AM
SacoHarry
Apr 2 2012, 03:21 PM
Also, as of last year I was still calling that big defensive wall 3rd C. Sounds, Kate, like it's assuredly much earlier? Antonine / mid-2nd C?
Antonine/mid-2nd century is the date of the wall. Rampart and ditch may be re-use from a slightly earlier date.
Thanks Kate! Terry's pics this morning really show off that orange/buff Antonine color. They did love that stone didn't they?

2012 Barcombe Hill walk
This was -so- much fun & so informative last year. Great to see plans for '12! I'm going to pin this to the top of the page for prominence.

Week 1
An image taken today elsewhere in Northumberland suggests winter not quite done yet!

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(found on the Northumberland FaceBook page)

Week 1
Thanks to some great shots from Terry S & Pauline, here appears to be the 1st day's deturfing areas:
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Terry's corresponding shots:
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View of Sites 1a & 1b, standing just west of 1a looking east

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View of 1a, across last yr's uncovered fort wall, over to Site 2, standing from same place looking a bit southeast

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Closer view of Site 2, again standing to its west & looking east

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New trench, Site 3, opened just south of the main road through the vicus, standing at NW looking SE

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Back to Site 2 again, this time standing on the main road, looking N

Thx for the great shots Terry! For those who would like higher-resolution of the whole set, you can find them at: http://opa.cig2.canon-europe.com/s/m/C5fRDEvBuFv

Week 1
Also, as of last year I was still calling that big defensive wall 3rd C. Sounds, Kate, like it's assuredly much earlier? Antonine / mid-2nd C?

Week 1
This way be Dragons!

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