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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!

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Session 2
Great pics Pete & Fiona! The robber trench is quite a sight.

Keep 'em coming! And if anyone has pictures of finds, please consider posting those as well. Pottery, nails, glass, iron/lead objects, beads, dice, gaming counters are generally all OK unless they're particularly rare or special. If you have a photo of something higher quality or that you're not sure of, drop me a line at text_style@hotmail.com. I'll confer with the experts, and if we can post it we will.

Vindolanda / Hadrian's Wall in the Media
2013, 18 January
Western University News
"Family footwear find shows new side to Roman military"
http://communications.uwo.ca/western_news/stories/2013/January/family_footwear_find_shows_new_side_to_roman_military.html

"By looking at someone’s shoes, you can tell a lot about the person wearing them. That old adage certainly rings true when looking at children’s shoes from ancient Rome. Just ask Elizabeth Greene, a Classics professor, who, at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America this month, presented research showing children of Roman military families wore footwear that reflected their social status."

Vindolanda / Hadrian's Wall in the Media
2013, 8 April
NE Business
"Business Interviews: Patricia Birley MBE, Director of the Vindolanda Trust"
http://www.nebusiness.co.uk/business-news/interviews-with-business-people/2013/04/08/patricia-birley-mbe-director-of-the-vindolanda-trust-51140-33132498/

"PATRICIA Birley is just a couple of years away from retiring as director of the Vindolanda Trust. She has worked there for 42 years – although her initial intention was to only stay a year. She explains how this happened sitting in her office above the Vindolanda Museum – a comfortable, old-fashioned sort of room which betrays its farmhouse origins."

Session 1
Awesome Andrew!! I think WeDig needs a "Like" button!

(Edited: Oh and look, now it has one! :)

Session 2
The scene at the start of Session 2!

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Happy digging!

Area of Excavations 2013
Thanks to the awesome pics & stories from Justin, Terry & Pauline, and Pete/snowglobe, an updated unofficial plan from the end of Session 1.

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(Click here for a wider view.)

Session 1 crews did amazing work, revealing what -appears- to be side-by-side centurion's quarters at the northern end of two side-by-side 3rd-Century barrack blocks. (Marked in black, with conjectural dashes for walls that aren't yet obvious from the pics). In the eastern barrack room, diggers found a beautiful flagged floor with huge subsidence in it (brown square in the plan)... It's dipping down into some earlier ditch/hollow/weak spot from an earlier fort. Cool!

To the west of the western barrack, diggers found a nice N/S road/alley with a drain in it. (Road marked in yellow on plan.)

On the west (left) block, a later 4th-Century building was cut right through the 3rd-Century barrack. (The walls, as I understand them, marked in purple.*) This is consistent with what was happening in the barracks in the NW part of the fort that were dug in 2010/2011 -- regular 3rd-C barracks with irregular 4th-C buildings on top.

Then, at the far east side, a very late (5th-C??) crude north-south wall was found near the eastern fort wall, built into what would have been the clay rampart backing the fort wall. (Marked in red.)

(Please keep in mind, this is an unofficial back-of-the-envelope interpretation of the finds. For digger orientation & good fun only. Check out the official Vindolanda blog for official posts & great update videos!)

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* There is another 4th C building that's also been found. I'm confused in the pics about where exactly it is, so haven't shown it.

Session 1
1st day of Week 2. And walls everywhere! As Justin tweets, 4th C walls on top of the 3rd C barrack, which is pretty sweet. More pics below from Terry. Pauline & Terry write: "Another very cold, blustery day - thanks to the return of the easterly wind - with sporadic snow showers. A couple of interesting walls appearing in the extreme eastern edge of the site. Finds there include 3 coins and a butcher's knife. Andy is putting up a copy of the Friday group photo in the diggers' hut and is selling it, mounted, for £5. This will be a regular feature."

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As always, more & bigger photos available here!

Session 1
Last pics of Week 1 from Terry & Pauline. Pauline writes: "Well it's the end of the first week with 82 small finds, including a javelin head, to date. A good start to the new season -- if not the next 5 years."

Here's a sampling. Check out the walls showing up everywhere!

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More & larger here: http://opa.cig2.canon-europe.com/s/m/HMDxLxB2uhS

A big thank-you to Terry & Pauline for the great photos & tidbits. Looks like just an amazing kickoff week all the way around!

Session 1
Q for the experts: So, above the N/S barrack wall there was that huge mass of tumbled stones. Does that suggest that the wall was still standing long after abandonment, and when it crashed down there was no one left to clear the rubble?

Session 1
With Week 1 winding down, Justin has posted a nice write-up of the findings so far: http://vindolanda.blogspot.com/2013/04/week-1-well-what-great-start-to-2013.html

Session 1
More fab photos this evening from Terry & Pauline for Thursday, Day 4. Pauline writes: "A deceptively bright day when diggers got stuck in and trowelled away in very cold weather. That north east wind is still hanging around here though it hasn't put off the stalwart crew. Terry has helped to clear stones away from the surface and reports the usual types of find were made today. This year there is a "housekeeping rota" for the two weeks of digging. A different pair of diggers cleans and tidies the hut at the end of each day while another pair checks that the toolshed's tidy with all tools being clean and ready for the next day's work. By the end of Week 2 each pair will have done both these jobs."

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This next one shows a beautiful N/S wall starting to show up under the pile of rubble in the middle of the trench:
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Much progress in just a few days!
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More & bigger pics here: http://opa.cig2.canon-europe.com/s/m/Hk2rTANcWwF. Many thanks as always for the great shots & updates!

Session 1
Wednesday's round from Terry! Terry & Pauline write: " Today's batch is action shots showing busy diggers. Bright and sunny all day though still a hint of cold in the air. 5 whetstones found."

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And last but not least, Terry in shorts. :)

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Full set: http://opa.cig2.canon-europe.com/s/m/H3txRKWwHpz

Session 1
Andy says that by Monday afternoon they'd already found 4th C pottery, nails, glass, and other Roman debris. This area was buzzing with life for probably 250+ years straight, I'll bet it's choc-a-bloc.

Session 1
Some pics from today's update by Terry. Says Pauline, "Here's the latest from our man at the front. Terry wore his shorts today in true intrepid style and though the weather was cold there was no snow. I've told him to make sure he gets a photo of himself in said shorts tomorrow as he's noted for wearing them. Anthea always wears hers too. It's early days trowelling but stones are appearing that Andy thinks may be a wall. Everyone very enthusiastic and keen to do more tomorrow. Weather forecast for next week is for an improvement."

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More, and larger, photos from this album.

Session 1
1st day & 1st photo album from Terry S & Pauline! Terry writes: "Full day's digging done! Cold breeze all day, but the sun came out this afternoon and made all the difference. Supposed to be getting gradually warmer as the week progresses and no rain forecast. Today we all lined up east - west and de-turfed, heading south. Good progress and the first coin was found by one of your countryfolk on her first dig. Happens all the time doesn't it? ... Will despatch more tomorrow."

Looking great!

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More pictures (and higher resolutions) at: http://opa.cig2.canon-europe.com/s/m/FvnzaVrnyDN

Session 1
General location, for orientation:

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And wider shot for better orientation:

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Session 1
Woo-hoo! 1st-day write up on Vindolanda's Blogspot: http://vindolanda.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/the-very-first-day-of-new-five-year.html

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Session 1
WeDig'er katesf reports: "Cracking start to the 2013 Vindolanda excavations. Large area of turf off to the south of the praetorium and pottery, glass and nails, plus stone rubble. Will get interesting tomorrow." Sounds good!

Session 1
The weather reports today show it 3° C. Yuck! Hat's off to staff & volunteers working in the chill. Also, the Northumberland Natl Park website seems to have dialed back their Hadrian's Wall webcams from 3 to 1 -- the only live one now is Cawfields. (Budget cuts?) But Cawfields is still running, as is Hexham Abbey. Check out the So, How's the Weather? page for current conditions & live area video all throughout the year.

Session 1
Hi all! Here's the placeholder for the opening week/session of the 2013 dig! Please let us know what's going on on-site -- thoughts, pictures, what-have-you. Happy Digging!

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