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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 Excavation Expansion Resourcing
No worries re necro-thread, it's an ongoing discussion. Good to bring it up again! For what it's worth, I really like that idea. Obviously the downside is putting longer hours & bigger burden on staff to run events. But if there's interest in doing it, and profit in doing it, then a deeper discount for diggers seems a great idea.

Satellite Archaeology
Can imagine a Feb filming wouldn't be ideal!

I also imagine that with the building & rebuilding at Vindolanda, infrared satellites would be hopelessly confused! Still, it makes me wonder if it's a more efficient (cheaper) way of quickly determining, say, the extent of "urban sprawl" from fort sites. Or perhaps for finding the "missing" Stanegate east of Vindolanda -- or the fortlets that your grandfather hypothesized on but haven't been discovered yet.

It's neat to think of it anyway.

Satellite Archaeology
Here's a link to the Web site of the archaeologist featured, Dr. Sarah Parcak, University of Alabama at Birmingham, who runs the "Remote Sensing and Coring of Uncharted Egyptian Sites" project: http://www.uab.edu/history-anthropology/faclist/87-anthropology/23-ant-parcak

Satellite Archaeology
Just watched an amazing piece about an Egyptologist who is using infrared satellite imagery to reveal a wealth of never-before-known sites in Egypt -- pyramids, worker villages, even possibly one of the early (now missing) capitals.

Anyway, the tech works because the infrared light penetrates a few feet into the ground, and has accuracy down to about 1 foot.

With all the wealth of features/vici/etc. under the ground around Vindolanda (and the Wall in general), is anyone in the UK looking at satellite archaeology? It looks like a real game-changer.

Vindolanda on TV
Excellent show!


The Nat Geo crews worked hard to get their facts right -- how many soldiers, the relationship of Vindolanda to Hadrian's Wall, the politics & laws of the time. Andy, your spots are great, really geat! And Trudi comes off as a star. (To think, one time she stared at me and admitted she was imagining my skull.) Dr. Allason-Jones and the rest of the experts all add a lot. The uncertainty of the identity & circumstances is brought home at the end by different experts giving their own fully plausible ideas on what happened.

There are hints of the violent times, the nature of the sword-wielding haughty Gauls, but nothing over the top. Nice little side bits showing the Severan skull found in the ditch some years back. And the loaded dice suggesting revenge for cheating at gambling was well done.

The children are, of course, portrayed as beautiful & angelic -- you're supposed to feel for them, and even though you know you're being played, it works. (I have a 4-yr-old girl, the thought of anything happening to a child gets me.)

What was -really- impressive to me is that Vindolanda "usuals" were skipped -- no mention of the tablets, no big history of the Wall, or the long history of the excavations. The time was spent defining the Roman world & the Roman army of the 3rd C, and putting the science & forensics front & center.

The best line was early on, when Andy says (paraphrasing): "We knew early that something was not right, so not right it's rotten. And so rotten that it's murder."

An hour well spent!

Vindolanda on TV
Hooray! Been waiting for this for ages, can't wait to see it. Thx for the heads-up.

Anaerobic ditches found on Antonine Wall fort
I wonder how much a series of tests for one piece of leather costs. Is it in the hundreds of pounds or thousands/tens of thousands? If the former, it might be within the reach of an experiment in "crowd-sourced" funding.

Anaerobic ditches found on Antonine Wall fort
Wow. Wouldn't that be amazing if someone could pull something up!

Anaerobic ditches found on Antonine Wall fort
Complete under-achievers!

Anaerobic ditches found on Antonine Wall fort
Roman soldiers apparently never saw a ditch that they -didn't- fill with old shoes!