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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!

A cautionary tale
Sandy & I found about 95% of a black burnished jar smashed to bits in a ditch last year. The Director scarfed it away with glee.

Lesson: Robin + tube of Uhu glue + a pile of pottery sherds = A work of art for the ages!

Welcome to wedigvindolanda.com!
Hello old friends, new friends, and friends-to-be! My name is Harry, and my wife Sam and I live in Maine, USA. (So apologies in advance for any Americanisms that you come across.) In my "real life" I copyedit and proofread computer science texts. But archaeology and history are in my blood. I've been volunteering at Vindolanda every summer since 2003, and hope to be doing so for years to come. I love the fort, the Wall, the region, and the people, and can't wait for each summer to arrive. (A pretty common sentiment among diggers, I know!)

This year there was a growing concensus that folks wanted a place online to stay in touch throughout the "off-season." So with that in mind, I've decided to set up this forum. This is my first foray, so I'm learning as I go. Hopefully in coming months I'll be able to polish any rough edges and make a site to be proud of. To begin, I wanted to create a space where volunteers, staff, and enthusiasts can chat, share pictures, discuss things light & heavy, and learn about goings-on. But in reality, this forum should be a place for every Vindolanda buff to enjoy. So if there's anything anyone likes, doesn't like, wishes was there, etc., please let me know!

Anyway, I look forward to staying in touch with old friends and meeting new ones. And I hope you all find this a fun and useful place.

- Harry

2006 Excavation News
**The following text comes directly from www.vindolanda.com**

A fascinating new inscription

Excavation of the SW corner of the fort wall revealed the original presence of another toilet block – each corner now has one – and outside the wall (still standing over ten feet high) the excavators revealed the presence of its sewer leading, as usual, into the filthy fort ditch. When Andrew turned one of the sewer side stones over, he was astonished to find that it had been a statue pedestal, with the inscription illustrated below. The inscription reads: CIVES GALLI / DE GALLIA / CONCORDES / QVE BRITANNI – a free translation of which would be "The troops from Gaul dedicate this statue to the goddess Gallia, with the full support of the British-born troops".

The statue was probably set up early in the third century by soldiers of the Fourth Cohort of Gauls, Vindolanda’s garrison until the end of the fourth century, and it reveals that native Gauls were still to be found in the regiment which had been in Britain since AD 43, and that they liked to distinguish themselves from the British born recruits. But they clearly now got on very well with the British soldiers, who had been persuaded to join with them in an expensive dedication to the patron deity of Gaul. Quite a turn around since AD 103, when a writing tablet referred to the British soldiers as Brittunculi, or "wretched little Brits"! It should also be noted that this is the first record of the goddess Gallia, and the dedication to her was perhaps a sign of homesickness by the Gaulish born troops.

A final up-date on the 2006 excavations will appear in September, on the conclusion of the work.

The first two months of the 2006 season have been bedevilled by cold and wet weather, but summer has at last arrived, and real progress is being made. In the far western area, Justin's team continues to search for more of the massive posts of the early building that lies within a quite separate defensive system - and it is beginning to look like a legionary base, perhaps connected with the construction of the Wall in the AD 120's. Nearby finds have included the spectacular brooch, once owned by Quintus Sollonius from the century of Capitus, who very kindly had his name inscribed on the clasp. Capitus was probably the Second Legion Augusta centurion, who left behind an inscription at Caerleon.

Andrew's team is still dealing with the western wall of the Stone Forts, where what should have been an uncomplicated rampart mound is proving to have been packed with three successive stone buildings - some including orthodox ovens, but others perhaps workshops. Finds have included the graphic stone statuette, probably featuring the god Priapus, much favoured by farmers and gardeners, together with a fine gold ring and a number of intaglios from other rings. Once all the stone buildings have been examined, it will be possible to search for the pre-Hadrianic remains beneath them.