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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!

Granary Excavation continuing...
Possible use through the 9th century?? That's astounding. I mean, seriously cool. I know Birdoswald lingered for maybe a hundred years after the Romans went bye-bye. But is there anything else on the Wall/Stanegate that shows life going on for possibly four centuries?

You guys just keep getting more interesting every year.

Granary Excavation continuing...
Extraordinary. The new cobbled floor overlaying the original granary floor is just so clear. Even -I- can't miss it!

On the southern 1/3 of the granary, I see the partition wall. But is that all demolition debris behind it? Or yet another floor?

Granaries cont.
Great pics. And wow, still just some extraordinary archaeology. I love seeing the very different architecture from the west and east granaries, obvious even with all the robbing.

And what is that I keep seeing... that weird blue in the sky... and shadows... and dry soil!

Hadrian's Wall Management Plan
Looking for some good bedtime reading? Well have I got the thing for you!

Not actually Vindolanda-specific. More "Wall-encompassing." The folks in charge of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site have just released the draft version of their "Hadrian's Wall Management Plan 2008-2012" for public review. Between now and 31 August, anyone and everyone interested in the Wall is welcomed to look through it and comment. Looks pretty daunting. I haven't yet psyched myself up to dive in, but I will. It's nice to check in with the suits to see if they're making sensible decisions. So I thought I'd pass this along to any and all fans of the Wall. Let's keep 'em honest!

- Harry

A side-trip
I just discovered via the BBC a little-known, and mostly unexcavated, Roman fort called "Whitley Castle," about 12-15 miles SW of Vindolanda, near the pretty little market-town of Alston. The BBC site has a short video clip (under "Archaeologists study the fort")of Stewart Ainsworth (of Time Team fame) doing a geophys survey there earlier this year. The ditches & ramparts look absolutely incredible. And there's a beauty to the area that's at times similar to and at times very different from the Wall. Thought I'd pass the link along to any and all who were looking for little side ventures whilst not digging or drinking! (Or both)

Happy June!

-- Harry