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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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Week 12
Also, the Canadian team has posted a nice update on the work they're doing in the vicus: http://westernclassicalstudies.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/in-the-vicus-excavating-at-vindolanda/

Excerpt: "...Following a drain feature further South within the trench. This has thus far involved de-turfing a new area, troweling back our uncovered ground, and exposing uncovered features and changes in the make-up of the soil. As the sun has been shining (quite surprisingly!) and the dirt is quite wet (not at all surprising!) it has been very hard but still very pleasurable work. Signs of life abound and we are constantly uncovering pottery and animal bones all good signals that this area was well lived in by ancient peoples."

Good photos of area 7/8 too.

Week 12
Justin, interesting idea re that satellite shot. I noticed on one of snowglobe's pictures from a couple days ago what looks like a farm track running just past the southern edge of the trench. Picture attached. But I don't know if that's the same feature or is just from a recent tractor pass.

At any rate, I'm guessing Andy & crew had good reasons for opening the trench precisely where they did. It'd be awesome if they're finding on the ground just what they were seeing in the air.

Week 12
More today from snowglobe:

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"Work progressing in the north field. North/south ditch now seems to have flagged base? Interesting lump of iron stone in the centre?"

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"The road has been recorded, now Chris is tracking an interesting ditch to the north side"

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"The field drain to the south of the road has been cleared, unknown date, last thing a north/south drain appeared (centre left) will carry on uncovering it tomorrow. The ice cream kiosk is doing a roaring trade at the west gate, a big hit with the diggers."

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"Here Alex is surveying the road, Chris looking at a ditch feature behind."

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"Here fellow diggers defining the edge of a large west/east ditch in the north field, very slim on dating evidence but thick with iron pan! Organic material could be close."

Thanks again Pete!

Week 12
Lastly, two cool panorama shots from snowglobe:


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"The north field using my new iPhone app looking west"
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"Plenty of diggers this week so having staggered tea breaks"
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Thanks much for all the great shots and commentary!

Week 12
More from snowglobe, this time over in the North Field:

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"As Justin's tweet, Andy has been with us today digging, lovely and interesting lump of iron stone (centre left in the ditch)"

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"Arrh the lovely smell of anaerobic layers beginning. Our own girl band in the background tuning up ! The road running west/east in the middle photo." (The ditches mentioned in Week 11 appear now to be clearly the sides of a well-laid road running east-west. Big questions on what it is -- and what era!)

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"Andy pondering the road, is this line of the Stane gate? Unsure of the ages of the ditches, collected plenty of victorian pottery from the layer above the road"

Week 12
As promised, more shots from snowglobe.

First, a recap of the plan -- this is now a couple weeks out of date. Sites 7/8 are greatly expanded. 4/5 seem to be flooded and not being worked this week? (Will update site plan soon!)
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On to snowglobe's shots & comments:
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"The heavy rain last week is still having an effect on the site" (area 5 from digger site plans)

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"Justin has pumped out the ditch looking north, huge feature. Not sure how things are being worked as I'm over the road now." (area 4b looking north)

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"The trenches reach the diggers hut! Two very fine walls bottom centre of the photo. Andy still unsure as to what they are?" (area 7/8)

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"Another feature in the trench closest to the diggers hut, drain ?"

Week 12
A teaser panorama shot of areas 7/8 from snowglobe. So much progress, so many stones & ditches!
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(larger shot available here.)

Week 12
Placeholder for Wk 12. What's happening? Justin's tweet this morning shows an ever-wider trench at the west of the site (7 & 8 on previous weekly maps) as the lower ground stays waterlogged.

Hope for a great week of digging & lots of pictures & stories!

- Harry

Week 11
Excellent picture on Justin's Twitter feed about the happenings over in the NW corner of "7" on the plan. Really good-looking stonework.

And Beth & Alex's blog is reporting that some of the cobbling showing up over in the North Field is actually Victorian -- with a neat array of Victorian pottery & ceramics coming up.

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Details of this week in the North Field -- as well as nice pictures of the Wall itself -- here.

Who from WeDig's in the main trenches this year? Would love to see more of what's coming up & where.

Inspiration
For those of you on FaceBook, may I recommend following the "Northumberland" page. They pull some of the best of local photography daily, and they're always making me want to get on a plane and come back over! This, from "CheviotWalks" yesterday:

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IMHO life is all about walking a lonely moor in rural Northumberland. Everything else is just the stuff you have to do to get there.

Week 11
An updated map for the end of Wk 10/start of Wk 11:

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(zoomed-out version here)

From Justin's tweets it looks like interesting things happening in the NW corner of 7. Proper stone wall foundations & right-angles. Who's on site & can help shine a light about this & other goodies?

Week 11
Hi all! What's happening this week?

Week 10
Fixed the cow-picture three-peat. :)

Week 10
Got a few nice shots just now from WeDig'er timadams, with captions:

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"Terry photographing the cattle invasion of the North trench"

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"Sean giving pointer to Terry"

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"Midge invasion. Justin demonstrates the best way of coping with a hungry midge attack."

Week 10
Sandy, even with that description I'm still missing my digging partner! One of these years there'll be a nice reunion!

Week 10
"Main" trench shots.

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A waterlogged area 8 from the south looking north across 8 & 7.

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4a from north looking SW across to 5. The 4 parallel ditches/drains in area 5 really show nicely here.

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Diggers eyeing their work. Sandy, is that you in blue??

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4c from the south looking NW. Drains pressed back into service.

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4b from the center of the road looking SW into "anaerobe gulch" and the ditch being excavated beyond it.

Thanks as always Terry!

Week 10
Terry says, "In the North Field, the north/south ditch was extended south to meet Sion and Hillary coming north. The ditch's southern end now lies under a pile of stones. A number of shallow sondages have been opened on the western edge of the site."

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Week 10
Thursday in the trenches, courtesy of Terry & Pauline, coming up! But first, the map from the end of Wk 9 again for reference:

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Week 10
More from Terry & Pauline on the day's goings-on in the "main" trenches:

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4a standing at the aqueduct looking S into the now four parallel N/S drains (the western-most being put back into service!)

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A feature in a corner of site 7 including a stone with some intriguing markings on it.

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I -believe- this comes from the south of area 4c (Is that right, Terry/Week-10'ers?). The possible remains of a stone watertank.

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Site 5, SE corner looking NW across the impressively-defined drain system.

Terry says "Midges stayed away, but showers didn't. No time lost however." Thanks again for the update!

Week 10
Today's collection from Terry & Pauline. First the North Field:

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The cobbling, walls, and other stonework coming up.

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Students from the University of West Ontario, plus Beth & Alex!

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An overview of the North Field trench with cobbling, stonework, and in far distance a ditch/drain being excavated down.

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