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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!

Pompeii exhibition
Extraordinary! Thx for the gallery, truly is amazing how advanced "normal" was so long ago.

One more useful item
Hilarious, both!

some winter pics
Sue Munro
Feb 17 2012, 11:08 AM
Perhaps a champagne supper might be more appropriate??
I say champagne breakfast, then some nice photos of the wonky trenches at mid-day.

some winter pics
Magical! Just realized, I've never seen a sunrise or set over Vindolanda; must fix that some day.

- H

In Our Time podcasts
I visited Maryport back in '09 and was quite taken with it. The site is dramatic, high up on the cliff overlooking the sea, impressive earthworks visible (no digging was being done then). The museum is (was) small and intimate, but with excellent artifacts. The collection of annual inscribed altars is (I think?) unique in the Wall area.

I thought Maryport itself was a nice little town -- though it had no sense of "we've arrived after a long drive, yay!" Just a clean, decent place. There's a seaside walk under the cliffs where the fort lay, but I remember it being uninspiring -- rusted ironwork separating walkway from long flat slabs of bedrock that eventually petered out into the sea. The town's main draw is the fort.

Would love to be able to visit again now that they're digging.

What to bring?
The good news is there's plenty of shops nearby for essentials. Haltwhistle and Haydon Bridge can both supply most of what you'd need. And in Hexham, 15 miles or so away, there's one of those gi-normous Super TESCOs with, well, everything. The Hexham TESCO run is one of my Day Zero rituals. :)

All to say, if you've left it behind or just can't fit it into the bags, there are options!

Roman Murder Mystery
I'll look around and see if I can find a link. I used to keep a fairly up-to-date list of Vindolanda media links, but have fallen by the wayside lately!

I think my favorite bit was the range of scenarios. Instead of the fake "We have discovered the one answer in 1 hour including commercial breaks," it shows much more realistically that the same physical evidence can lead to very different stories. A cautionary tale in rebuilding a civilization from physical remains alone!