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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!

VINDOLANDA 2008 APPLICATION PROCESS
Dear All,

The New Vindolanda.com website, complete with the application form for the excavations will be open at 8pm this Thursday on November the 1st UK time.

best,

Andrew

The 2008 Season
Excavation Numbers:

We can now announce the number of places that will be available on the Vindolanda excavations for the 2008 season. Justin will be running with a team of up to 8, and Andrew with a team of up to 20. This will provide excavation places for 636 slots during the 2008 season. We hope to have new excavator facilities on-line by that point to cope with the extra numbers, such as a new team base etc.

This should provide for a great mix between experienced and new team members.
all the best,

Andrew

The 2008 Season
The current website:

At present there are a few problms with the current www.vindolanda.com website on the excavation pages, Donation pages and the friends of Vindolanda pages. Please do not be alarmed, this is due to the re-building that is on-going on the website (which will look radically different from the current form) and all information about applications etc will be on the site by the 1st of November.

If anyone has specific enquiries that need to be cleared up before applications go live on the 1st of November remember you can always email to fionawatson@vindolanda.com or myself at andrewbirley@vindolanda.com

best,

Andrew

The 2008 Season
Excavation dates:

The excavations will officially open up on the 23rd of March in 2008 and will close on the 13th of September. This will provide a good five and a half months of excavation, and one of the longest seasons in the history of the work undertaken by the Vindolanda Trust.

Andrew

The 2008 Season
A new excavation shed? (just maybe)

It looks likely that all being well the base shed for the excavators will be demolished later in the year to make way for a much improved and smart facility that can take greater numbers with more comfort and be used as a base to give lectures on site etc.

We all love the shed that is there at present, in a purely sentimental way rather than as a facility (as it is far past its prime) and some of you will remember what it was like before even this was inhabitable (brids nesting, dodgy electricals and a constant gale blowing through shattered windows, sacks of pot ash to sit on instead of benches and a stan pipe for water outside the building). However, we have had our eye on this for some time, and would like to give everyone a better base of opperations.

This will all depend on planning permission being granted, and final costs agreed, but we 'hope' that the new facility will be up and running for the start of the 2008 season. As soon as I get more details on progress or otherwise I will upload them, including pictures etc.

best,

Andrew

2008-2012 seasons
And for those of you who worked so hard on the fort ramparts in 2005 and 2006, here is the finished article (well it will be when all of the grass grows back). The path has now been laid next to the fort wall and the consolidation is finished. You can now get direct access to this very fine section of wall. The area around Justin's Temples has also been landscaped (onsolidation completed) and we expect to open that up as soon as the grass takes hold...pictures to follow of this area from either Justin or myself.


2008-2012 seasons
Of course, I will be looking forward to people volunteering for de-turfing duties next year. :D

2008-2012 seasons
Following on from the granary excavations, the NW quadrant of the fort over the following 4 years. Here is how it looks at present.

2008-2012 seasons
The same area looking from the other direction, north to south...

2008-2012 seasons
For those of you who are familiar with the site, the 2008-2012 excavation work will tansform the look of Vindolanda. So the following pictures show the areas that will be explored as they look today, the last hurra for the Vindolanda lawn..

Here is the site of where we expect to find the granaries, looking from south to north with the fort wall on the west and the HQB on the east.

Pictures!!!
The last team of 2007 for area A. Thanks to everyone for their help, support and super human effort this year.

Pictures!!!
The second last team photo

Pictures!!!
Pictures of the last week on area A excavations. Next to the fort wall a rubble burm, and beyond that, beneath the rubble roadway outside the vicus workshops, the start of a large Antonine ditch, which produced c15 shoes a day, a couple of wooden combs and a huge amount of animal bone including two dogs, a goat, and over 16 complete or partial cattle skulls.

The 2008 Season
Dear All,

We are all looking forward to the new excavation season (five weeks until the bookings open). Watch this space for up-dates about how to apply, fees, and any other information you need to whet your appetite for the new season ahead.

The Vindolanda Website – on-line booking

The main Vindolanda website is undergoing re-development at this present time, and will have a completely new look and be a truly modern representation of the Trusts aspirations for the next few years. As such we hope to iron out some of the problems that dogged the old site when many people were trying to apply for excavation places at once. It is being designed to work like a normal web shopping site (aka Amazon et al). The excavation placement weeks are being divided into units, and can be bought in the same way, once a place has been purchased, it will automatically be taken off the availability list on the website. It is hoped that this will make the booking process easier and clearer. From the moment you have placed your card details on the site and the payment taken, the place will be yours, and in the next few days an email will arrive from me to confirm your booking.

You will still be able to apply through the post, via the normal address;

Fiona Watson
Vindolanda
Chesterholm Museum
Bardon Mill
Hexham
Northumberland
NE47 7JN

Telephone: 01434 344 277
Fax: 01434 344 060

The basic fee looks likely to remain the same as last year’s fee (this will be decided at the Trustees Budget meeting to be held in late October this year, and so I cannot confirm this in stone yet until the Trustees have made their decision).

At present, two weeks on the excavations costs £50, with the additional £15 ‘Friends of Vindolanda’ membership on top of that fee. If more than two weeks are requested, then an additional £20 per week after two weeks will be charged. If one was to Volunteer at Vindolanda for four weeks, and was not already a ‘Friend of Vindolanda’ the overall cost would be £105 for four weeks. The breakdown being as follows:

Friend of Vindolanda annual fee £15
Excavation booking fee £50
Additional two weeks £40
Total cost £105

As always, the Vindolanda Trust endeavours to keep the fees as low as humanly possible. The fees do not cover the cost of the excavations, not even close, but they do help to provide facilities for the excavators, tea, coffee and the excavation T-shirts, as well as new trowels, spades and even the odd wheelbarrow.

All the best,

Andrew

The 2008 Season
Watch this space

Causeway House
Sausage sarnie would be good (with a bit if ketchup), I drive past at around 6:30am so I could pop in on the way to the office. Also some freshly queezed orange juice and some coffee would go down well, if your offering!

Andy