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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!

New arrivals
Thank you to everyone for your best wishes,

Hoping that you all have a lovely New Year,


Andy

The 2007 excavations season
Hello Vindolanda Volunteers,

We are looking forward to seeing you in the New Year, and we wish you all the best for a happy holiday season. In only 4 months time, we will be back in the trenches.


Vindolanda

In Search of an MA Topic!
Hi Kate,

Looking forward to it, we can have a chat and see what you would like to do.

Andy


Whither the Vindolanda Tablets?
Hi Matt,

Well, 'generally' academics don't pay, they expect to BE PAID, but don't pay for much themselves. So an academic market, bar from teaching, is somewhat of a myth. Most academics use the images of the tablets rather than the objects themselves as they are too fragile to touch. From a curatorial sense, the tablets coming home would have to be tied in with something more substantial than the study centre. Although we do see the study centre as a resource for visiting academics.

I believe that there would be room to have some excellent archaeology courses run from this facility.

Tablets...

For me, the return of the tablets is not for the academics, many of them would probably prefer them to remain in London, rather it is an issue that goes much deeper than one which effects such a select audience as that. The return of the tablets would have to be for the people of the region. It is symbolic in one way, and deeply rooted to something more important in another, the idea that people have a true 'sense of place' and that the tablets are the cultural heritage of the region. A region that really does have this 'sense of place' and pride in itself. It bemuses me sometimes to find people fighting the corner (quite rightly) of poorly represented ehtnic groups in the world in an attempt to protect and nurture their cultural heritage, yet neglecting to consider that they also have a cultural heritage to take of. The tablets are an important part of the cultural heritage of the peoples the north of England.



Andy

In Search of an MA Topic!
Hi Kate,

lots of ideas, the best thing to do is give us a call at Vindolanda and we can discuss what you might or might not want to do, angles to take etc, or to make a time for an interview and pop in. This is always best conducted in private as research is a cut throat world, and you don't want to be beaten to the post by someone else.

Andy


Whither the Vindolanda Tablets?
Hey Matt,

Lots of people access the Vindolanda collection, but we do have one rule, which is that you cannot take anything away with you. As for the databases, well, we do provide access to some of them, the coins database is a good example, but not to others. Our problem is not that we don't have them, but rather we don't have the staff to supervise many people at once. Always back to the funding, we are a small Trust, and although we punch above our weight in some areas, we are alway having to juggle priorities, and this is ever the case with research requests. We do try our best, but the needs of the Trusts own research always takes priority, otherwise there would be no excavation reports. This is the big difference between a site with a dormant collection, and one that is actively increasing.

These issues tend to surface when a museum is independant and not publically funded in any way. Effectively, to survive, Vindolanda needs to operate like a business, most museums have no such pressure. So we must concentrate on our core responsibilities, and those that keep the wheels on the wagon first, the rest is something we mostly achieve in our spare time, or because we firmly believe that the information we have should be shared as much as possible.

It is not ideal, but then, what else can you do?

Andy

Another new arrival
Well Done Harry!

Looks like all of that practice finally paid off for you. :D

Andy

New arrivals
Hi everybody,

Many thanks for the nice comments and well wishes. The only disconcerting thing is that she was born with more hair than I have. Still, I am getting on a bit at 32.

Andy



New arrivals
photo as promised.


Roundhouses at Vindolanda, why?
Hi, Andy,

These are some more questions. However the answers (if known) might give pointers?

Q. Are we sure that the roundhouses were extra-mural to the Severan Fort Where is the East ditch and rampart to the Severan fort?

A. the old antonine fort wall is re-used to make the eastern defences

Q.Where did the Severan south ditch go after it hit the line of stone fort one?

A. it did not continue, as it stopped at the fort wall, and immediately outside the wall, the roundhouses started.

Q. Fig 35 of volume 1 shows the Severan buildings as an annex to stone fort one. This is questioned but only speculatively I think in the 2001/2 reports which are on disc.

A. That represented our best guess at the time, we know know we have the edge of the severan fort, and it is the old west wall of the Antonine wall. However, we now know that the Antonine fort was demolished to make way for the Severan fort and the extramural roundhouses to the east.

Q. Could the ditch and wall of stone fort one, been the perimeter of the Severan fort? Had the round houses been laid out on the platform before the "annex was built?
A.They mutually respect each other, so they co-existed. However, what came first, the chicken or the egg?

Q. Could the platform of stone fort one have been used to accommodate the round houses within the Severan fort perimeter? (rather than extra mural?)

A. The Severan fort is a compound that has no roundhouses within it.

Q. If so,does that point more to prison camp than peaceful neighbours or just that the divide of function between vici and forts is not what is traditionally put about?

A. It is extramural, but I doubt the roundhoses represent a vicus. However, I don't think it is a prison camp either. They are not penned in for a start. They are most likely north african cavalry. (in my own humble opinion).

Q. Hope these questions are not too naive! I just rely on the maxim that the only truely ignorant are those that dont know that they are!

A. Great questions, keep them coming. ;)

New arrivals
Sophia Birley has been born on the 3rd of december at 3:29pm. 6lb and 11.5 ounces.

Photo will follow




Whither the Vindolanda Tablets?
Hi Matt,

No, not everyone has a proper record of what they have, and this will remain a problem to solve in the future. However, some good news, we know what we have at Vindolanda, and are 100% catalogued up to date. :D

We just need to wait for some others to catch up.

Andy