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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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Last Record of Vindolanda before Hedley
I have a feeling that Hutton never actually visited Vindolanda. That talk of "prison cells" is actually talking about the hypocaust of the bath house. The only way someone could think that 2-foot-tall room was a prison is if they'd never actually seen it! Also, he doesn't actually say anything at all about how the fort looked, which is unusual. (Look at his description of Great-Chesters right after it.) I guess he could've been there. But if so, he didn't seem to find anything original to say about it at all.

Week 20
Yay! Glad to see them back up, they're great pictures. Shoes and most leather goods are almost always fine to show. Pottery, with and without inscriptions, also generally fine. The big concern is the metal stuff -- coins, precious metals, things "nighthawks" with metal detectors could zero in on -- and anything truly precious: gems, an especially fine piece of organic, etc.

Week 20
Hi Gellan -- your pictures of the shoe, pottery, etc. were awesome. And were totally fine for WeDig. If you still have them and would like to put them back, please feel free!

Week 21
And the rest of Terry's:

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More of a close-up of the join between areas 8 and 10, looking south. Looks like tons of drains & ditches, but can't make sense really of what's going on.

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Great overview of all of 7/8 from the NW looking SE. Again, tons of ditches, etc. (Have tried to put the most prominent ones in gray in the plan above)

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Area 9 right next to the temple, from NE corner looking SW. Another apparent aqueduct/drain/ditch in the middle, running E-W.

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The new area 11, from the NE corner looking west-ish. Very large Hadrianic (Period IV) ditch running E-W through it, with a later(?) N-S rubble wall/foundation in the near end.

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Excavation of area 11 in progress. From east looking west.

Terry, thanks so much for these and for all the photos & updates throughout the year. They've been brilliant! For those who would like to see this whole album, including high-res versions, please visit http://opa.cig2.canon-europe.com/s/m/EUGGnxueEDt.

Week 21
On to Terry's pictures. First batch:

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Area 4c from extreme southeast looking north

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This is old Area 1 off to the east; standing on the N/S path looking east. Now a convenient backfill site! It looks like the huge N/S wall has been pointed & preserved for viewing.

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This is standing at the northernmost end of 4b, looking south across backfilled 4a in the foreground and the new work extending area 5 to the south to meet the old storehouse (Site XI in Justin's tweets)

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The water tank in area 7, pressed back into service after 1800 years

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Western edge of area 7/8 looking south, at the newly expanded trenches connecting 10 to 8

Week 21
Terrific pictures Terry! What a year, as the site still continues to grow. The pictures really give a look at all that's been done in just really a few short months. Moreover, they've helped me flesh out a new plan for where the digging is, which had gotten a bit out of date. Here's the updated plan first:
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(wider shot available here)

The new area, 11, is site of Justin's tweet of the big masonry & the Period IV (Hadrianic) east-west ditch.

Week 21
Thanks for the new Wk 21 post -- I was remiss in getting that up!

Week 20
I wonder what the relation is between the altar and the early-2nd C temple. Was it originally part of the complex? Or something distinct? Word is the Diana bit might not withstand scrutiny, may be dedicated to a more obscure deity. Great stuff!

Week 20
Photos of finds are awesome! Basic etiquette is, if you can imagine someone selling it on eBay don't post. But shots, graffiti, general stuff -- that's usually all 100% fine. Would love to see.

Week 20
As eager as I am (and am sure others are!), let's hold off for now. Word is that the Trust is working out the facts on what they've found and will have a press release up as soon as it's ready. I don't know if that means days or weeks, but being a kind of big deal, we should still wait til the release is out before posting pics.

In the meantime, I do enjoy a good bit of idle speculation & buzz!

Week 20
The 1769 text describing the destroyed temple is here: http://s9.zetaboards.com/We_Dig_Vindolanda/topic/7241767/1/.

Week 20
That's astounding news! The 1st Tungrians were the early ones on-site... And there were vague reports in the 18th Century that a still-standing temple had just been knocked down by local farmers for building stone... It was thought to be a temple to Diana. I mean, wow!

Week 20
Gellan
Aug 17 2012, 04:51 PM
... seen that amazing altar and inscription get found ...
!!!!!!!!!!!!

Week 17
Love the shot! Let me know if you have trouble uploading more pictures, I'm happy to help if & as possible.

In the meantime, for those following the North Field dig, Beth wrote up a -terrific- review of the state of the North Field at the end of the dig there. Great stuff: http://westernclassicalstudies.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/and-the-show-goes-on/

Week 20
Great pics and tidbits from Justin's Twitter feed -- new trenches near the wells, extension of old 4B in the early ditches, finding laminate & lots of organic material! Who's on site who can shed some light on what all else is happening?

Week 20
Well Week 19's thread was a -rousing- discussion of cameras! But with the season in its final weeks, a whole bunch of WeDig'ers would love to know how the various trenches & sites are playing out. If you're on site, please drop a line and let everyone know what's going on!

How the site changes
Such an awesome progression! Thanks for posting these shots.

And Mike, I love it -- your trowels may tell part of the tale 500 years from now in a collection called "the archaeology of archaeology."

New BBC Report on Water Supply
For those outside the UK that can't stream UK TV on their computers, check out "TunnelBear" -- it's a service that lets your computer pretend to be from the UK. 500MB free per month, and a cheap plan if you want unlimited bandwidth.

http://www.tunnelbear.com/

Week 19
No worries M&H! If there aren't pics & stories about the week at least there's good camera advice! We'll take it. :)

Week 19
Hi all! Well into the closing weeks of the season now. What's happening in the trenches for Week 19?

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