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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 five daily reports
Spectacular weather. It is odd to see our fearless leader Andrew with a tan instead of the pallid Northumbrian complection more usual this time of year.

The group has been split up into several contingents. Area 2, the source of much activity last week, is mostly fallow, just a couple of folks working in the barracks closer to the HQ building. Various teams working west and northwest of Area 2, the aim being to extend the next barracks to the west to similar levels before dipping down into those tempting putative trenches.

As such finds are mostly 4th cent., with some of us actually scraping away at post roman floor surfaces.

No major finds today, best we did in our Dark Agers hut was the pin from a brooch. Out of, as he put it, pity Andrew gave it a small finds bag.

A new feature this year is a brief site into and Health and Safety chat by Kevin in a languege close enough to English to be partially understood. Then Patricia Birley took us through the new museum. Many admonitions to not wipe or otherwise molest any finds. An important message, but one of little immediate applicability to me, as I then spent several hours bouncing rocks into and out of my wheelbarrow.

They actually like a certain degree of abuse after you have checked for inscriptions...

Tim Wolter

week five daily reports
Taking advantage of the Twice Brewed new wireless connection-which I must say works surprisingly well in a 250 year old building made from purloined 1800 year old stone-I will be trying for daily updates and pix of week five. Probably week six also unless the technically more adept Saco Harry shoulders me aside.

stay tuned.

Tim Wolter

Area of Excavations 2011
Walked over to the site yesterday. And Harry is correct, some serious archeology is coming up. In addition to the mysterious north south ditch (?) speculated to run under the area marked as 2 in Harry's most recent map, there also appears to be an east west area of settling near the top of this area. It is sufficient to be causing some of the massive pavers of the Stone Fort II main road to sink.

Could this be not just one errant ditch but the corner of a defensive ditch system

But so very much in the wrong place!

Tim Wolter

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