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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 6
Phenomenal pics Tim! The fingerprints always get me, and that half-legible script must be maddening.

Another great batch of shots from snowglobe follow:

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"Sunshine to start the day as work continues over the ditch, the extra cobbles at the south end of the street maybe the hardstanding to unload carts into the storehouse ? Rain stopped play early but Badgers trench throwing up interesting ditch cutting into the Severan one." (Standing at in central/north section of 4b, looking south)

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"Not the grim reaper but Terry chasing the causeway under the cobbled road"

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"Here we have Tim (badger) offering thoughts on a cross cut ditch in his trench, looks like he is offering two suggestions with his right hand" (nice symbolic gesture Tim!)

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"One of badger in thoughtful mood"

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"As badger posted his wood picture, this is an in situ shot, nice black an aerobic layer, the tile came out of the same area."

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"Heavy rain filling trenches, hopefully better morning tomorrow? Looking east across the Severan ditch. Centre is a possible cut for a later ditch."

Week 6
Also big thanks to Terry & Pauline for another great collection of photos. Follow this link: http://opa.cig2.canon-europe.com/s/m/F2mCgeWY8Ux (will try to copy shots over here next free moment)

Message from Pauline: "Vindolanda Week 6 Day 1, diggers stuck in after tea on a cold Bank Holiday Monday. Thankfully the promised rain, the scourge of many a British Bank Holiday, held off and we got the whole day in. Pete, alias Snowglobe, is going to take pictures of the archaeology this week so we said we'd send "people" photos rather than send more photos of the same thing."

Week 6
Pics from snowglobe as promised!

First, as before, quick review of current trenches:
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"Photo from today showing the new de turfed area with a possible building coming through, Jim's trench now full of water again. Lovely lead Phallus found by a newbie only hours in! Rain to finish but a dry day. Freezing cold though" (West end of 4a looking east)

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"Looking north up the Severan ditch? New surface coming through, finding plenty of pottery in my trench at the north end, holds promise for Tuesday" (Standing at south of 4b, looking north)
*** Pete - that cobbling that's showing up there at the bottom (south) of the pic -- is that an earlier vicus road? Or is that another causeway across the Severan ditch, in service at the same time as the ditch?

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"Top of the Severan trench, badger found the ditch edge, on the left centre next to the propped up wheelbarrow."

Week 6
Photos have arrived! Look fab -- should have them up tonight. Great shots of the Severan ditch and new surface (?).

Collapse of wall at Pompeii
Sad state of affairs in Italy. Collapse is bad enough, but thoughtless modern litter to boot? Grr. That's almost obscene in such a place.

And thanks much for the fabulous Week 5 report! Really is amazing what can be gleaned by a change in soil color. Such a long & colorful history, still being discovered.

- Harry

Week 6
Justin's tweet this morning suggests much excitement for the week ahead! What's happening?

Week 5
Question about the aqueduct. It obviously runs right toward the N/S vicus road. Back when it was operating, did it cross the road? Go under it? Was it an open water channel like a drain? A closed-off boxed channel that you had to walk over? Or did it terminate at the road in a (now gone) trough/tank?

Week 5
As Pete said, a great batch of end-of-week pictures. Amazing what's been done in little more than a month! Pete was working in the NE corner of 4a in the plan below:
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Here in his words:

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"Had some rain today hence a raindrop on the lens but it's been a good week for digging. This shot shows the old Birley trenches with interesting round structures, may be pre roman?"

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"Looking east at the causeway over the Severan ditch today"

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"Rainy shot of the road possibly built over the Flattened Severan rampart, nice new road drain appearing on right." (standing at S end of 4b, looking south)

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"Looking south along the Severan ditch an interesting stain appearing (centre)"

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"My trench cut into the ditch, two hard days clearing rock and clay cap. Water is now pouring in. No finds but the diggers further down the site found pond weed & twigs so the preservation in there shows promise. Roll on Monday. Paved slabs next to the wheelbarrow seem to be rising over another boggy area?"

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"Looks like the north/south road great drainage ditches on both sides." (SE corner of 4c, looking north)

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"Andy showing Tony Birley the ancestral trenches dug in the 30's. Now modern pumps helping keep then dry(ish)."

Week 5
That Severan causeway is a thing of beauty! Having found it, does that mean it's now known where the Severan west gate was??

Week 5
Tim, you are to be commended for learning the arcane arts! Thx for that. Maine still functional. Current troubles stem from visiting family witha generational aversion to modern technology!

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