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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!

Vindolanda Alumnus Hits Jackpot
This is a great article & a great find. And wonderful to see the collaboration between enthusiast & museum. It always fires the imagination to wonder "what happened." I mean, clearly somebody put this pot in the ground expecting they (or their heirs) would get it later. And then something got mucked up and it disappeared for 1500+ years.

Thx for the post!

- Harry

Doctoral Theses, etc.
A quick note. There's a lot of stuff available online today that wasn't easily accessible just a few years ago. In one sense, it's great to have information available -- especially when it's of or by people whose work we admire/respect.

On the other, we should always use caution when posting someone else's work, even if at first glance it appears to be public. The work may in fact be copyrighted -- or have some other rights attached to it. Beyond that, publishing it may have unintended consequences. Such as inundating the author with queries that he or she doesn't have time to answer.

A good bit of advice here is, please, if you come across works written by someone in the Vindolanda sphere, get their permission to post the link before doing so!

Best to all,

The 2011 Excavation Season
Needing long, preferably flat expanses, I'm wondering if the old parade ground would be further west, back up the Stanegate? Do parade grounds usually appear very close to forts themselves? Or are they placed off in their own special zone -- perhaps an area where the pomp & grandeur of Roman maneuvers could cow any nosy Brittunculi?

I've been off this winter on my own side endeavors (studying marine pollution -- the plastic junk that washes more & more on all our beaches, even the remotest islands: The Flotsam Diaries). But I'm slowly trying to wrap my head back around things Roman.

Sadly, there's not enough material from WeDig's '10 series to compile anything useful as a year-end wrapup. Anybody who got the Friends letter will have the best write-up anyway. With luck, Andy and/or Justin might be persuaded to give us WeDig'ers the two-penny version here if time & energy allow! No pressure. :D

I'm still working ideas for revamping the Digger's Guide so it's more comprehensive -- and so everything's all together in one easy-to-find spot. And I'm also trying to think up ways to keep visitors more informed about the state of the dig throughout the year. Google Earth is rumored to be taking more satellite snapshots this year. The current one dates all the way back to 2002, which makes it less than useful for showing the site today! If they come through, I'll be able to overlay current dig information with a fairly up-to-date birds-eye view. We'll see if it comes together.

Anyway, excited for '11. It's been far too long since I've had trowel in soil!

- Harry