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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!

Oct 20 2013, 06:54 AM
It occurs to me that perhaps there might be a place for consultation of the WeDig community about what comes next? There's a month in which that might be discussed here before the doors creak shut and the lock is turned...
Was thinking the same thing! WeDig lived for years because it has been a community, whatever comes next will be strongest if the WeDig community is involved in thinking it through.

As to your humble admins they continue to thrive. It is rather unlikely that keeping up with our activities was much of a factor in the steady stream of traffic over the years, but those interested in doing so are welcome.

SacoHarry wanders the seaside and holds forth on matters related to preserving our oceans and shorelines at http://www.pressherald.com/blogs/undercurrents. Badger continues to post on archeology as well as other semi coherent mumblings at http://detritusofempire.blogspot.com/. And Snowglobe remains a shadowy figure, always behind the camera, seldom in front. You can see his photographic work at https://foap.com/market/tags/Pandahat (please use photos from private sources with permission and full credit!).

Effective November 15th WeDigVindolanda’s administrators will be mothballing the site. No new posts will be possible afterward.

WeDig has been a great deal of fun, and a valuable resource for active volunteers and armchair archeologists around the world. But if archeology teaches anything it is that things change. Seven years is brief for an Empire, but an eternity on the Internet. The current setup hasn’t aged well and needs renovations far above the time or energy of your humble admins. Rather than limp into decrepitude, we decided to end with heads high.

WeDig was begun with two big goals: (1) provide an online forum for volunteers to stay in touch, and (2) be a place to show off each year’s progress in the trenches.

Modern social media has better tools now to do the former. And after years of uncertainty the Vindolanda Trust now has its very well-maintained official blog to handle the latter.

When WeDig was begun, many in the archaeology community doubted the value/interest in unveiling life in the trenches -- and giving laypeople a forum to discuss it. Today, hopefully WeDig’s popularity has put those doubts to rest. (Googling “Vindolanda” puts WeDig on or near the first page.) The Trust has followed WeDig’s lead and started an official blog that has in its premier year done a fine job of providing regular updates and discussions of interesting artifacts. No doubt, veteran WeDiggers are eager for the Trust to continue its quality postings. Visit them at http://vindolanda.blogspot.co.uk/

As for staying in touch, we are exploring a FaceBook group or similar idea for diggers -- will send out an email once things are shored up. We hope to see you there!

The WeDig archives for 2006-2013 will still be available for the foreseeable future. (As will the well-traveled Digger’s Guide. Its pages on Vindolanda’s history, periods, area attractions, and special features will be relevant for years to come.)

It is bittersweet stepping back from WeDig, but it is also the right thing to do. Those of you who love Vindolanda and Hadrian’s Wall have probably all at one time or another stood amongst ancient stones as shadows grow long. It is humbling to feel so young among much that is so very old. And at the same time to realize that we as individuals are here today and gone tomorrow.


-- Harry, Tim, and Pete