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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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When worlds collide
See you tomorrow Scott, at one location or the other....

TW

Week 6
Walked through the fort this morning before we knew the weather would lighten. All drains were full and overfull. I hope this image captures the "underwater archeology" of the moment:
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Walking down to the vicus site I noted the huge slab removed a few weeks ago. No mysteries beneath, alas. Here it sits awaiting its fate:
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On site one crew with Pierre (Brinno X), my brother Fred, Caroline and a new digger named Linda got to "near anarobe" levels. Here are some nice barrel staves or bucket parts.Posted Image
Finally, Jeff, Snowglobe and myself were put to deturfing duty. A few enigmatic artifacts including this rather modern pull tab from a beer can! Andy, did you quaff this back in the 70s?
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When worlds collide
Week 7 diggers.

Last week we had about half the crew congregate at the Twice Brewed Inn for what Pete referred to as "Jet Lag Drinks Hour".

I appear to be the only digger staying there next week, so expect me to be sitting forlorn at the bar at 6:30 wishing for company.

Stop on in. I don't know you all, but the black and white badger colored beard, combined with the various unflattering photos Pete has and will post should be a give away.

Lets pour a libation to the weather gods!

Tim Wolter

Week 6
Weather unexpectedly improved and a spirited half day of digging ensued. Jackets on and off every fifteen minutes of course.

Will post a few pics later.

T.Wolter

Week 6
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Above is a lead seal found Wednesday by Fiona and company. Said to fit over the bung of an amphora. Seems geometric rather than having useful info as to its origins. I understand that many were found at the huge storage depot at South Shields, but that overall they are uncommon as lead would usually be melted down.

As is appropriate in these matters, checked with supervisors and got the ok to post.

Fiona, if you want the full res. version click on your inbox top right for more info.

T.Wolter

What to bring?
Toss out one t shirt as you get one on arrival. And never refer to it as suncream. Call it anti mildew cream to avoid angering the alread touchy weather gods.

T.Wolter

Week 6
Antediluvian edition.

Deluge forecast for tomorrow. To get in the mood we find a cherubic looking Snowglobe bailing seepage water while singing bawdy songs about the Titanic sinking
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Interesting layers popping up here and there. Here is my brother Fred and the far traveling Carolyn (comes from Japan, across Russia) starting some dark interesting stuff with posts coming through.
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Remember a few days ago when I suggested that the prime feature of our trench was deep ditches that would preclude later building on top of them? Here is the view at the end of the day in the Nigel/Snowglobe excavation:

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The comment from our Supervising Archeologist was approximately "Oh my goodness".

I may save a few shots for our likely rain day tomorrow, but here is a nifty perfume vial. We really should be finding these by the dozen in what must have been a smelly environment. Perhaps those amphorae held something other than oil and wine!

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T.Wolter/Badger

Week 6
An interesting day on my end of the site. Theories spring to life, live brief mayfly existences and perish. Organic material is starting to turn up in better shape, with anaerobic layers not far off. But water and logistics will challenge.....

Not as many small finds as yesterday, and probably the understanding of the site and its structures has not advanced much. Tomorrow perhaps.

T.Wolter

Week 6
A story in pictures.
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Very, very well preserved wood. What I can't post is the delightful smell of anaerobes that still lingers on my hands. Time for a shower.

Spoil heap management is an issue. This morning we came on site and found the "Andrewnine Wall" across the top of the heap! An obvious direction on where to dump!

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Some rather nice bricks popped up just before rain shortened our day.


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Seems to have one half of a script message on it. Tantalizingly close to readable.

I rather like this one.

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The indents near the top are either animal tracks or more likely a series of finger imprints from the brickmaker.

Tim Wolter

Week 6
With internet sort of working a few thoughts.

The area we are currently digging in is different from others I have been in over the past four seasons. The features are a road-the nicest I have seen outside the two main ones in the fort-and defensive ditches. The ditches were so deep and wide that there seems to have been minimal efforts to build later structures over them.

As such the finds are going to be different, we think. Less the sort of thing that would be lost accidentally and more the kind of stuff tossed in with intent.

Or so goes the theory.

Weather uncertain tomorrow, but overall the week looks metorologically better than the previous damp ages.

T.Wolter

ps, I anticipate and preemptively protest photos of me that Snowglobe is likely to have taken.

Week 6
internet link re-established. Prior photo needs to be reduced in size. Frankly, its not that big.

T.W.

Week 6
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Lead mold for a phallic decorative/good luck charm. Rather small, how much luck would it bring?

This item was given the ok by the Powers that Be. Several other nice small finds on a day of dry skies and cool breezes.

More as modern techology allows.

Tim Wolter

Week 6
Vindolanda Week Six, Day “minus one”

A long weary journey to the familiar environs of Vindolanda.

The good folks at the Hedley Center were kind enough to let me check in early, after which I slept for 4 solid hours.

Up and at ‘em for dinner and a rather enjoyable “First Pint at the Twicey” where we had more than half of the Week Six crew in attendance.

I have decided that any speculation on the weather is bad luck, so I can simply report that one hour before the start of the digging week there is nothing coming out the sky but sunshine.

Ran into Andrew on an early morning stroll. One word description of the site thus far:

“Wet”.

Internet connection from the Hedley is not working, so I shall post this from the Twice Brewed this evening. Ah, the lengths to which your intrepid correspondent will go to keep you informed. But we must all sacrifice for the advance of knowledge, indeed we must.

Overlooking the north east corner of the fort….

Tim Wolter

When worlds collide
Any week 6 diggers so inclined are hereby invited for a pint at the Twice Brewed on Sunday evening, 6 May. The American contingent will try to shake off the jet lag by 7:30 or so.

Given the status of some of us as-ahem-"old campaigners", I doubt we will stay up late enough to impair digging efficiency Monday morning.

I've seen the weather forecasts, and it would be most inappropriate to have our throats be the only dry parts of us next week.

Local Vindolanda stalwarts (long time no see Michael!) are of course also welcome.

So stop in Sunday night, just ask the barkeep where the Wolter brothers are.

In the meantime:

The Twice Brewed Inn-where the name really comes from

T. Wolter

Week 5
One more from Pete. This is the big slab at the bottom of the pit alluded to in Justin's tweet of the day. Notice the intent photographer.
Now, personally I have seen enough Indiana Jones movies to know that when you open up a mysterious pit and lift the stone lid nothing good ever comes of it!

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Week 5
I am struggling a little with the orientation, but Pete says this is the causeway mentioned by Justin. Perhaps road to the right, stone flags showing where the road crosses the ditch. Is the aqueduct later or (cool if true) did it go over the causeway as well?

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Dig on Lads and Ladies, see you next week.

T.Wolter

Week 5
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Pete and Nigel uncovered a flagged surface on Monday. They are being stymied by the brand new visitors pathway!

Week 5
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A road surface. Nice to have that diggers hut in the background for orientation. Swell drainage ditch to the right of the road....looks to still be in active service.

Week 5
As Harry's State of Maine seems to have entered a temporary Dark Age I shall attempt to put up a few of Pete's always excellent photos: T.Wolter

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This is the altar plinth mentioned last week. Something stood right outside the bath house. Perhaps a reminder to scrub behind your ears.

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