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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!

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Week 5
Pics came, look great! Alas tech difficulties here and down to iPhone 3G connection - no way to upload, prob til Wednesday! Brilliant road running N/S at east stretch of site 4a/b/c from Wk 4 thread. Great looking drain too in road proving its direction. But so many cobbles!

Week 4
snowglobe
Apr 28 2012, 07:34 AM
Ps if anyone does know how to post photos using iPhone/iPad would be very helpful.
Still checking the admin boards to see if there's a way to make it possible to upload iPad/iPhone pictures to a post. The basic problem is that with an iPhone/iPad there's no real "file system" that you can access. Without a folder to go to in order to grab a picture, the WeDig site has no idea how to find the photos stored on the device. But there are some pretty clever folks out there, someone might have designed a workaround. Will keep checking.

Week 5
Hi Week 5'ers. What's happening? Looks from Justin's tweet this morning that there will be plenty of new ground opened up. Fingers crossed for a great week!

Week 4
As promised, the latest batch from Mary (thanks again!!) for the end of Week 4.

Again as ref, here's the latest plan:
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"Justin did some serious water bailing yesterday,so we were able to get a full day of digging in today! Here is a photo along the aqueduct - some interesting features and surfaces are emerging. Can't wait to hear the reports from next week!" (from E end of 4a looking W)

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"Looking south... Still puddly, but they got a lot done this week! :)" (from N of 1b looking S)

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"The aqueduct area from a different angle..." (from NW of 4a looking SE)

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"Looking toward the diggers hut over area 4 a/b/c. The planks are in place to keep people from completely sinking into the soggy ground. Hope that it dries out a little for next week's crew!" (from 4c looking NW)

Week 4
Strange that iPad doesn't allow posting of pics. I don't have an iPad but do have an iPhone -- will try to post using the phone and see what's up.

Also, got another nice batch of end-of-week pictures from Mary -- will try to get them up today!

Collapse of wall at Pompeii
And I guess it does pale in comparison to all the beautiful frescoes that have literally dissolved away since first being exposed. I just hate that it sat preserved for 1800 years and because of modern financial issues much of it might be lost to our grandkids.

Collapse of wall at Pompeii
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/9219470/Pompeii-wall-collapses-despite-new-conservation-initiative.html

At least the 5th major collapse of part of Pompeii in the past 2 years. Who knew there was a downside to leaving a 2,000-year-old city exposed to the elements day in/day out without funds to conserve it??

Week 4
Speaking of the weather not helping, here's today, thanks again to Mary!

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Week 4
More big thanks to Mary for another great batch of shots today! Especially given the cold, wind, and rain. Hard days for digging!

Here is an updated plan for Week 4:

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Sites 4a and 4b growing. A new site, 4c, just to the east of the old storehouse first exposed many decades ago. To the east of the path, Sites 1a and 1b seem to have grown and merged too.

From Mary, with her captions:
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"Very cold and windy today with a good amount of rain at the end. Here is a shot of the site looking upward toward the diggers' hut."
(Standing at east edge of 4c, looking NW)

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"Looking down the aqueduct toward the diggers hut."
(Standing at east edge of 4a, looking W)

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"Looking down toward the tool shed."
(Standing at NW edge of 1a, looking SE)

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"Other side of the aqueduct..."
(Standing at NE corner of 4a/4b, looking SW)

Week 4
Mary has obliged with a great teaser shot from Day 1. Involving very large machines!

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From Mary: "Very rainy on site today (we lost the last hour of the day to the weather), but we did have some big helpers! The digger trucks are taking out a lot of the turf and backfill, and making very quick work of it. I'll try to send updated photos tomorrow but they cleared a LOT of land today."

Now that's what I call speed archaeology. B)

Week 4
Alright all, what's happening this week? Besides epic rain!

2012 Excavation Season Group Photographs
Week 3 pic from Andy here!

Diggers Soon To Be Redundant
I know the Twice Brewed wanted to put in a campground on its property, but since part of it is in a Roman marching camp English Heritage wouldn't permit anything like tent pegs to disturb the subsoil. Somehow doubting they're doing so well keeping the rabbits, mice, etc. from doing the same!

Diggers Soon To Be Redundant
Had the privilege of hearing Justin utter the word "bioturbation" once. It really only works with a Tynedale accent!

Week 3
Many thanks Mary for the great pics & captions!

First, an updated plan of the dig, as I understand it. (The map now has the pathways marked so it's hopefully easier to make sense of.)

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Mary's team worked the vastly expanded "Zone 4" on my map -- now broken in 4a on the west and 4b on the east/south. 4a is the site of Eric Birley's early digs of ~1930 when he uncovered the visible stretch of 3rd/4th C aqueduct. Mary's team put deep trenches into the west end of 4a to get at early 2nd C material. 4b has so far been excavated close to the surface, exposing many layers of cobbling.

On to Mary's pics & details!

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"Dan and his group uncovered the clay barrier to a ditch." (west end of 4a)

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"Looking down the aqueduct on Tuesday" (from west end of 4a looking east)

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"Looking down the aqueduct today! Definite surface - a road? We shall see next week..." (big progress in a few days!)

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"Quite a lot of water in the ditch where they uncovered the clay ditch barrier! Tatiana was almost up to the top of her wellies."
(NOTE: For those who don't know, those red pipes are Victorian-era drainage pipes set in the ground to try to improve the land and carry off some of the constant wet. To limited effect! They've been found all over the field.)

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"To say that it was wet on Thursday would be an understatement..."

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"Photo of the area excavated this week the spoil heap is much larger than when we started!" (from SE tip of 4b looking NW)

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"More clay (in the corner) ...and water, of course."

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"I Nearly forgot the most important photo - Justin acting as veterinarian for a cow in the north field that went into labor. Sadly, the calf didn't survive, but we were all incredibly impressed with Justin's quick action and surprising veterinary expertise. A multi-talented man, indeed!"

Area of Excavations 2012
END OF WEEK 1
(April 2 - April 6)

Out of town & behind on posting this since the dig's already into Week 3 now! But I wanted to get at least a skeleton online.

Week 1 opened with cleaning & much deturfing of the vicus area that was excavated in the late weeks of the 2011 season. A lot of volunteers hit various areas all around the area:

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The thick black line in the center of the trench #s is an Antonine (late 2nd C, Period VI and/or VI-A) defensive wall. The main Antonine fort sat almost exactly where the currently visible (3rd/4th C) fort sits. But it had an annex added to its NW section at some point, and this formidable buff-sandstone wall foundation shows that it meant business.

The thick grey line just to the west of this wall is a ditch, probably from the early 2nd C (western defensive ditch of Period III??).

Both the wall & ditch were leveled & long-forgotten by the time the civilian town -- the 3rd C vicus -- was laid out and settled. Most of the Roman finds of the 1st week seem related to this 3rd C settlement. The trenches uncovered late pottery, rotted iron, sections of flagging & cobbling. A promising start on one of the more confusing & complicated parts of the whole of Vindolanda.

Week 2
Thx so much Sue -- for these and Wk 1 too. Love the pie-crust ware, that's a new one!

Week 3
Already into the 3rd week. Justin tells of deturfing & road cleaning. Who else has stories/pics of what's going on?

Week 2
Anybody on site at the end of this past week that can update on the progress? I'm out of town for a week but still want to try to post up the site plans & weekly progressions.

Clean Tools
Enjoying the thread & the discussion. I've definitely had the short-straw luck of picking out knackered trowels and barrows, and the special joy of starting the day with a grimy bucket or gooey-handled trowel from the day before. I do wonder if caring for everything at the end of the day would really extend their life tho. By definition archaeology is use & abuse! Still, it is always nice to take a monent to think of the next day's/week's crews.

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