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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!

Slains Castle (for Rosie et al)
Wow, neat to see the place stirs up thoughts across the spectrum! I come down in the middle. There's something so amazing about an untouched ruin, the mystery of exploring it. But then, you're right, eventually it goes away forever. So there's also something about a beautiful old building that gets a new lease on life every generation or so. Anyway, Kate and all, I highly recommend a trip to check it out pre-renovation.

And it'll be great to see you again in '08 Kate, and to meet you Bryan. Good luck with the turkey. :lol:

- H

Slains Castle (for Rosie et al)
Hey, if you stumble upon one of those magic money wands, don't forget your bestest buddy Harry :lol:

I'm indeed signed up for next year, 29 June - 10 July. I'm hoping to convince Sam to come over with Ruby and make it our first Johnson family European excursion. But at any rate, I'll be over come hell or high water.

Hope the French countryside is treating you guys well. Looks like "Sarko l'Americain" is doing quite the job of stirring things up over there. Yay strikes & worker rebellions. Vive la revolution!

- H

Slains Castle (for Rosie et al)
Hey Rosie (and any other lovers of Scottish ruins). I think I remember you said you used to visit Slains Castle back in the day? Looks like somebody's actually got a plan to restore it and turn it into a batch of holiday houses. Not sure how I feel about that. I think it's one of the most perfect ruins I've ever seen!

For those who don't know, it's about a half-hour north of Aberdeen, right on the coast. The only access is about a half-mile walk through heather & wildflowers. And when you reach it you suddenly realize you're at the edge of a tall cliff, and the squawk of about 1000 seagulls nesting there is almost overwhelming. Do the walk at dusk and it's really creepy.

- Harry

It's 22.10 in the uk.
ericjacobson
Nov 2 2007, 07:07 AM
Civil wars, uncivil wars, barbarian incursions, accelerating changes in local and Empire-wide cultures and society; a whole world in transition. Principate to Dominate, divide the Empire into two, then four, have some barracks emperors, get some breakway 'empires' going...we're talking full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal, no-holds-barred 'interesting times'.

Hey Eric! True, it was a Six-Flags Thundercoaster of fun over on the Continent (isn't it always?). But in Britain what were they doing in the 3rd C? Turning barracks into chalets for crying out loud! A century of military families on holiday! It's like 100 years' worth of Seinfeld episodes (the famous American "show about nothing"). It's like "Desperate Housewives," only they weren't desperate... Just "Housewives".

Now 4th C, there you're talking! Constantine & the boys partying in York, "Paul the Chain," Maximus (no, not the Australian one), chalet-living semi-professional soldier-knockoffs running away from Picts screaming "Woad is meee!!!!", Theodosius kicking barbarian backside... I can get on board with C4. ;)

- Harry

It's 22.10 in the uk.
Woot woot. The new site looks great! Well done! Looking forward to getting myself registered and officially on the rolls for 2008!

Looks to be an exciting 5-year plan. But nothing pre-3rd century proposed between now and 2012?? Does that mean a 5-year dearth of new writing tablets, as well as all that other fabulously preserved material that makes Vindolanda so unique?? Ack!

- Harry