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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!

From the archive
I was there in '05 and '06 -- actually was there the week in '06 that they started seeing cracks in the wall and pulled everybody off wall-front duty to rebuild!

The Trust says, and I believe them, that they never rebuild stones higher than before. What they -will- do is pull down top levels of rotted stonework as diggers head down deeper. So the rebuilt wall reflects the number of courses that were originally found when the excavation of said wall was started.

That wall face is a neat one. It leaned outward so badly that in order to present it safely, the entire outer face had to be pulled down a bit at a time & rebuilt. But the flip side is that the inner face (the face that you see when you're inside the fort) didn't have to be removed at all. Every bit of the inner stonework of the SW section of the Wall has the stones exactly as they were excavated. They were just re-mortared for stability.

Merry Christmas!
Season's Greetings and warm wishes for a very merry (or should I say happy??) Christmas to you & yours! Thanks to all for a brilliant WeDig season!

From the archive
Dec 11 2011, 11:38 PM
It would be interesting to sort of have a "time lapse" of that part of the site to see the change in levels, stonework, soils, wheelbarrows etc.
I think that'd be a brilliant idea! The history of the excavations at Vindolanda are worth looking at in their own right.