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Major new dig gets under way at Vindolanda
Original article can be found at http://www.hexham-courant.co.uk/news/viewa...c=304&id=811066

Major new dig gets under way at Vindolanda
March 20, 2008

THE new excavation season at the Vindolanda Roman fort near Bardon Mill gets under way on Sunday.

It marks the start of an exciting new phase of research which will employ teams of archaeologists at the site until 2012.

The excavations will concentrate on discovering the extent of the divide between those who lived inside the fort in the 3rd and 4th centuries, and those who lived outside its walls.

A civilian settlement which grew up outside a Roman fort to cater for the needs of and trade with its inhabitants was known as a vicus.

The project will focus on a section of the vicus, as well as the granaries inside the fort, and the north western quadrant of the fort itself.

Archaeologists hope to gain detailed information on the food supply to the garrison, as well as comparable domestic material to that recovered from areas outside the walls.

Director of excavations at Vindolanda, Andrew Birley, said: “This year excavations will start on what should be the site of twin granaries.

“From 2009 to 2012 they will continue north of the granary site to examine in detail the north-west quadrant of the stone fort where barracks, or perhaps stables, may be found.”

Excavations will continue until September 13, with archaeologists working on the site seven days a week – weather permitting.

Visitors are welcome to come and see the excavations in progress, talk to the archaeologists and see what they have discovered.

Vindolanda is one of the most prolific excavation sites in the country, with unique soil conditions preserving items such as paper and leather which would have disappeared centuries ago in other locations. Shoes are common finds and volunteers also regularly turn up various other artefacts.

There will be a series of events throughout the season at Vindolanda.

Week One
Wow!

These are brilliant! Talk about quick return-on-investment, no? And what an appetite-whetter. The bit of floor you've exposed also looks beautiful; nice to see it still there. Any sign yet of an underfloor ventilation system like at Corbridge?

And I love the chamfering! (Merriam-Webster online also shows "f" and not "ph", so that's where my money is.) I'd never seen that before in any of the granaries that are exposed along the Wall. Beautiful piece of work, that.

Thanks a ton, Nic, for the post and for kicking off the season here on the forum. Hope this is the start of many great things! But please, no more snow! Here in Maine we've just endured our 22nd snow/sleet/ice storm of the season yesterday, and more of the evil flakes are falling today. Curse them.

- Harry

Welcome to the 2008 Excavation
Hello and greetings fellow Vindolandans! Hard to believe that a new year is closing in. Having missed the '07 season myself, it was good fun being able to watch the year unfold from the good old armchair. Hopefully this space will be the site of many revelations, conversations, and pictures-pictures-pictures.

A precautionary word. As with last year, it is a shame that we have to use any caution in talking about specific finds, and we certainly don't want to nip good conversations in the bud. But as folks post, just two basic groundrules to keep in mind:

1. Before you describe anything you've found, imagine if you could picture it being sold on eBay. If so, please think twice.

2. If you are keeping a personal blog, awesome. But rather than linking to your blog site here at the forum, please consider posting here a quick cut-and-paste of selected text from your blog. As administrator, my #1 responsibility is security. And I can't maintain security on linked sites.

Thanks all, and here's to a fabulous 2008 digging season!

Best,
Harry

Welcome to wedigvindolanda.com!
Hello Jim! Great to have you aboard. The site's been a bit quiet through the off-season, but activity should start picking back up as the start of the dig nears. We're simple folk; show us a few squared stones in a row and we start brimming with enthusiasm!

Best,
Harry