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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!

Finds of the Day
Andy, thanks much for the very thought-provoking response! Speaking just individually, I too would be thrilled to have a range of options available beyond digging, even if extra cost was involved. Others have said it well, that while there are other sites where people can learn details, they're quite simply not Vindolanda. Learning more about conservation, surveying, specialist work such as dendrochronology, bone ID'ing, etc. -- not to mention lectures, walks, behind-the-scenes stuff -- it would all be so fascinating.

Pottery ID
malise mcguire
Sep 26 2010, 05:26 AM
Thanks for the useful links but not really useful in the diggers' hut! No Wi-Fi!! :P

The Samian cards have indeed disappeared and anything else that might have been useful.

The little Shire book is quite handy but doesn't give too much info as Guy would like you to buy a bigger edition of whatever else he's written.....

Still think the original idea is a good one.

Good point re Guy's Shire book. At least a pretty well-written start. But you're right, of course. Having something visible/available/consultable right there in the hut is a bit different than a page on a Web site!

Pottery ID
At one point there were samian flash cards kicking around, but they've probably gone the way of all things now. There's a couple resources here in the Digger's Guide on WeDig for a starter:

Samian ware: http://s9.zetaboards.com/We_Dig_Vindolanda/pages/samian/

General pottery: http://s9.zetaboards.com/We_Dig_Vindolanda/pages/typical_finds/

There's also an excellent "get your feet wet" book on the topic by Guy de la Bedoyere: http://www.shirebooks.co.uk/store/Pottery-in-Roman-Britain_9780747804697

Jupiter Dolichenus
Sep 16 2010, 01:39 PM
Oh, and a last Jupiter Dolichenus thought,
The Vindolanda temple will be published in this years AA. So those who have access to it should get it before Christmas.
Looks like I've got to get me an Arch Ael subscription! Thx for the heads-up.

Jupiter Dolichenus
A neat aside I just learned about -- has anyone else heard about the Crosby Garrett (Cumbria) Roman helmet discovered by a metal detectorist in May? This piece is astounding! And (according to Wikipedia anyway), the image appears to be that of "a beardless Jupiter Dolichenus." Apparently it didn't need to be declared treasure since it was non-precious metal. So Christie's is planning to auction it, and Tullie House in Carlisle is trying hard to raise enough money to buy & save it for the country.

Area A
Thumbs-up on this one from Andy, with reminder to any bloggers etc. to seek permission first with anything of possible intrinsic/market value. Thx Andy!

Area A
It's definitely a balance. A forum Web site that could show nothing would have little use. But one that reads like a treasure map would be irresponsible!

The range in values of Roman coins is staggering. Not to mention how easy it is or isn't to pinpoint just where they've been found. The blog one would be a hard sell; eBay and similar sites always have much less corroded versions of this emperor at fairly reasonable prices. Plus, its find-location is vague from the blog. (I've got a good idea, but I'm a bit of an obsessive.)

Still, I have an e-mail in to Andy verifying the thumbs-up/down on this one. For now, gut says it's still an "up."

Area B
Cannot believe how well-preserved that timber is, so close to the surface. Looks like Area B is just chock-a-bloc. Thanks as always for these pics & details Michael!

Area A
Yah, I took a look through the blog and compared their pics with Andy's guidelines. So far it seems within limits of what's known/expected/OK to talk about. Thx for keeping eyes open though! As always, if a site is putting stuff out that compromises security, then absolutely WeDig will not promote the link.

Area A
The young ladies of Vindoblig are back digging again, and recording some great finds at http://vindoblig.blogspot.com/ (check out the bone die, melon bead, and huge collection of pottery!). Looks like they're inside the barracks in Area A. Thx for the blogging!

A couple more neat facts. WeDig is now getting over 10,000 page hits per month. And when you type "Vindolanda" into Google, it is now in the top 10 results -- out of tens of thousands! Thanks again to all the staff, diggers, friends, and fans who have kept this site going and growing.

As this year's dig winds down, I'm going to try to take stock of what WeDid did -- and didn't -- do for its members. As always, your feedback on what worked, and what didn't, is most welcome. Not just welcome, encouraged. As are any thoughts for things that you'd like to see but aren't here yet. Feel free to post in the forums. Or if you'd rather stay anonymous, always feel free to PM me, or e-mail me at text_style@hotmail.com.

And if you had an experience at Vindolanda, or the region in general, that you'd like to share, please do so. Especially if you took a nice walk and can share pictures & the route. There is currently only one walk in the Digger's Guide, and I'd love to see that list grow.

Thanks again.

- Harry