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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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Well, if we want people to pay us not to do it it may be a good idea.....

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Interesting post, and Maryport is certainly a site to watch. The two archaeologists running the excavations there, Professor Ian Haynes and Tony Wilmott, are in my humble opinion ... superb. So that is more than an excellent start.

However.....although Maryport is a fabulous site in its own right we should not in my own opinion be directly comparing it to Vindolanda. Vindolanda is a difficult site to be compared to, for many reasons ....

The Vindolanda Trust is an organisation that is utterly unique within this sector and has a track record of over 42 years of self financed operation, so regardless of the the sites that it manages there is a big difference here....and then of course there are the sites themselves.....

and while Maryport is spectacular in its own right (and has great untapped potential), there are big differences between the sites which need to be considered and of course have surely must been by those in charge of Maryport; From a management and strategy perspective the location of Maryport is a huge factor (Cumbrian coast v central sector).

The levels of robbing and preservation vary in different ways on each site, running methods are completely different (Vindolanda Trusts structure v a publicly funded structure at present although you can add a few other elements in here for Maryport such as the Maryport Trust and HWH), long term research strategies for the site are of course different (although both adhere to different aspects of the Hadrian's Wall Research Strategy), funding mechanisms and of course, it being 2012, not 1969/1970 also makes it very difficult to compare the conditions between the two projects with the Maryport project at a different place in its life-cycle

I hope that the good folk of Maryport will be able to adopt a system that works for that site and fulfills the needs of the modern people of Maryport as an on-going and exciting legacy, something to take great pride in and to give Marport a continued 'sense of place'. They will face many challenges ahead, and I hope the come through them.

It will be interesting to hear the views of the Maryport wediggers to see how they view the challenges ahead for Maryport.