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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!

The Stanegate milestones
If only the Vindolanda example was still around. It'd be nice to see if the lettering style matched. Is it strange that neither inscription seemed to have any sign of the specific Emperor/official being honored?

I love Escomb church; It's a great side drive for folks looking for something to do in an evening. About an hour's drive SE of Vindolanda. Not too many chances in England to stand inside an intact 1300-year-old building!

- Harry

2007 season prep
Cheers Chris! I had a hunch I wasn't alone. Andy, it's funny, as I was posting I was thinking about exactly your concerns. Don't want to turn the videos into an "X marks the spot" treasure map. If it works out that we can do this, then anything that gets posted should absolutely get vetted first. I hope it does work out. Easy for me sitting over here to advocate adding to an already crowded "to-do" list for you guys. B) But I do think it would have real benefits.

- H

2007 season prep
With the opening of the season imminent, I wanted to post an idea. I think the little end-of-week wrap-ups that Andy & Justin started last year were a real hit. They gave a great overview & recap of what had been found, and what it all meant. So I thought, what if people were able to see those recaps even if they weren't at the dig? I know I personally would love being able to watch the digs unfold week-by-week. It'd be great to get my head in the game before coming, and it'd be fun to see what was found after I'd had to leave.

Is there enthusiasm here in the forum for some kind of weekly video like this? If so, is there any way that staff or a volunteer would be able to film those? Nothing high-tech, just a regular handheld digital camera would be fine. I could either post them here, or provide a link to a site like YouTube where they could be viewed.

Seems like a fun way to keep the extended group more involved. And who knows, might just help us be better diggers to boot. Not to mention making all the other digs jealous. "Ooh, look what they're doing up there at Vindolanda, cheeky little [insert appropriate epithet]s."

- H

Spammers
Thanks to those who reported the spam earlier today. We had a run of spammers breaking in a couple months ago, and for a while I'd gotten good at catching and banning them. But this time I was off my game! I saw him register with a dodgy e-mail address last night. But when I went to bed there hadn't been any odd postings, so I let it ride. Guess the little tool was just biding his time.

Back in January the Web crawlers found this site, so it now shows up in Web search engines. The good side is that it helps spread the word to legit folks who might be interested. The bad side is, well, obvious.

I'll always be trying to keep the site spam-free. But please, any time someone gets through, don't hesitate to report. It's quite fun zapping & banning.

- Harry

Timbers from 2006 season
Still assistant director? That's borderline criminal negligence! In fact, I propose a new title: Andreas Optimus Maximus. There's been enough IOMs found on the Wall; time for an AOM.

- H

Whither the Vindolanda Tablets?
Wow.

Brilliant! This is a fabulous piece of Vindolanda history, and sobering. So by opening your doors to regular folks, and trying new excavation techniques to safely recover artefacts, you were seen as heretics & even downright dangerous.

At first glance, the 1970s seem so modern; it's almost impossible to wrap my head around how different attitudes actually were.

- Harry

"Off the Beaten Track" promo
I just happened to find a fun "podcast" made by a tourism group called "Off the Beaten Track." It's a 9-minute video that gives a basic overview of Vindolanda. The first 3 minutes are narrated (with only a few glaring factual errors), followed by 6 minutes of just background music (the last few minutes comprising dodgy Metallica baseline covers).

There's nothing new here for diggers. It plays more like a series of home movies than a polished travelogue. But in case anyone has friends or family that keep hounding you with "What on earth is Vindolanda?", this does have decent images of the archaeology and grounds.

Click here for the video. (You need the QuickTime player in order to view the video.)

- Harry

Whither the Vindolanda Tablets?
Goes back to the original conundrum: If the tablets had remained at Vindolanda and not been displayed at the British Museum, would public awareness have been great enough to make them the #1 treasure in the country?

Which brings the other questions: Does being the source of the #1 rated treasure help the Trust (financially or otherwise)? If so, does it follow that it's been better for the tablets to be at the BM?

After lots of good arguments on both sides, I admit I'm still torn. I'd love for them to be back "home." That feels right on many levels. But I love the international spotlight that the BM can cast on them.

Makes me long for the days when the only big question was "where's the western extent of the defences?" Speaking of which.... :D

- Harry

Whither the Vindolanda Tablets?
Just saw this in the archaeology newsfeed at the British Archaeology Web site. Looks like the folks in Carlisle have worked out a way to get their Hadrian's Wall souvenir plate/pan back in their local museum. Maybe there's hope for the tablets after all!

- Harry


Carlisle News & Star
Our Roman treasure goes to Westminster
Published on 01/03/2007

A CARLISLE treasure was laid bear for all to see at Westminster yesterday.

MPs packed in to the members’ dining room in the House of Commons to see part of a collection of historic artefacts from world class museums from across the North West.

And among the items was an enamelled Roman pan from the Carlisle area which dates back to 125-140AD and bears the name of Roman forts along Hadrian’s wall, including Stanwix Wall.

It is believed the pan is only one of three such objects and would have originally had a handle and base.

Carlisle MP Eric Martlew, who attended the event, said: “The thing that is really great is that it is a national treasure going to be displayed in Tullie House in Carlisle.

“Too often we have lost important pieces to London museums. I understand this is the first time there has been co-operation between the British Museum, local museum and a third party. Although it will be on national display it will be locally too.

“We should try to get some of our treasures back from the Victoria and Albert museum as well.”

The collection has been brought together to celebrate the culture and history of the area.