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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!

2012?
Excavation application info for tomorrow.

Hi All,

check out this below, it should prove to be helpful as it is a step by step guide to the process.

best,

Andy

• Go to www.vindolanda.com
• Click on ‘Excavate’ and then ‘2012 Excavations’
• Read all of the information on that page
• From 12 noon on 1st November, at the bottom on that page you will be able to select to book ‘Excavation and Accommodation’ or ‘Excavation Only’ – pick which one you want to book.
• Choose the Month you want to come and excavate in
• Choose the week you want to book
• Add this to your ‘Shopping Cart’
• Follow the link to book additional weeks (repeat as above), to add Friends membership, extra t-shirt/fleece/mug or if staying in the Hedley Centre – the additional Friday night or Friday/Saturday night to join 2 weeks together.
• When done – go to check out, fill in the application form and payment details and submit.
• You will be sent a confirmation email within 5 working days
• NB – you can only book in one person at a time – you cannot book 2 places in one week. To do this you need to repeat the whole process or do it simultaneously on 2 computers.

Vindolanda on TV
hmmph,

Can't account for editing! Oh dear. Some of the soldiers of the 4th cohort of Gauls may well have not been from within the Empire, but there is no way on earth i would say the whole unit, so not sure about that one. As for buttons? can't remember!

they filmed with us for about a week, a long week in terrible weather, then back again for a few days. good to hear you guys enjoyed it :-) The intense interviewing went on for 3 hours under a spotlight with the director, so they will have had plenty of things to splice together... so to speak. One day I would love to actually have proper editorial power, like we did on the Edge of Empire Film. Also I think this is why I can't actually watch these things myself.

best,

Andy

Satellite Archaeology
Yeah, they (the TV company behind it all) briefly considered Vindo for a British sequel but wanted to film in Feb so I told them the truth about filming in the North in Feb which didn't go down well (long nights, winter, not guarantees, not sure the person who phoned me had ever been outside the London office enviro..., and after the Nat Geo last winter which was almost a disaster due to the weather etc :-)) .......but....... to be honest with you - at the moment if you cut through all the hype, I am not sure it is any better than the normal Geophysics, or even as good. In other words, once they get out of the desert and into the Nile delta....watch the results dry up.

Still, it is early days and perhaps this will at least stop the need to manually trudge across muddy fields back and forth etc :-) But be warned, every new toy is heralded as a wonder weapon for archaeologists, few are, trowel aside..

Andy

Vindolanda on TV
good stuff Tim,

You can let me know tomorrow whether or not to include the director - one Rick King - on my Christmas card list or not. In other words we have not seen this at Vindolanda yet, although with all drama-docs we wait with a certain amount resigned trepidation on how they handle the material and those that feature as well.

cheers,

Andy

Vindolanda on TV
SHOWING TODAY IN THE U.S.A. – Oct. 20, 2011 - On Nat Geo Channel
A body is found beneath the floor of an army barracks in the north of England. At first they think it is a monkey. Then they realize it is a child, possibly bound with blunt force trauma to the head. It’s murder. And justice must be done. A homicide detective and forensic scientists are summoned to investigate. The only problem… the child died 1800 years ago. And the last words they said were probably in Latin.

MURDER IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE

8 pm – Thursday, Oct. 20 – National Geographic Channel

Also, 11 pm – Thursday, Oct. 20. (Conveniently after World Series Game #2)

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/schedule/ngc/

2012?
Hi All,

Just to reassure you that this will be all sorted by the time the applications go live in a couple of weeks time. We were not happy to discover that this facility was not enabled from the start and can only apologies to our International friends. In fact we expect the international 'shop' facility to go live in the next couple of days as we have already approved the forms last week from the Vindolanda Trust end. It should not matter which browser you use nor matter if you are on a Mac or not or which country you come from, the full list should be there. Although I have not checked to see if Mongolia is counted..... (but I will do before we go 'live').

rest easy.

very best,

Andrew

2012?
Hi Justin-T

The answer is sort of - we will be moving further up the field in an attempt to trac the ditch system to a corner of the fort if possible.

Also just wanted to up date folks to let them know that the info (but not the application form) is now available to look at for the 2012 season on the www.vindolanda.com website.

here is a direct link to the relevant section.

http://www.vindolanda.com/2012_excavations

cheers,

Andrew

Anaerobic ditches found on Antonine Wall fort
only 120? still some catching up to do then. :D

Beth.
Hi All,

Just to clarify (and avoid confusion)... from some loose reporting within the above article.... Beth and Alex will be Directing their students in the field school excavations in the north field in June/July 2012. However..... The excavations will remain under the present management regime (The Vindolanda Trust) and the 'Field school' will be operating within and as part of that 'overall structure'.

B)

very best,

Andy