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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!

Lift from Edinburgh - Monday 4th April
Hi John,

Don't forget to come to the EAST car park and then join the group at the Hedley Centre (Down the Museum drive) for 9:30am :-)

best,

Andy

The 2011 Excavation Season
Exciting news,

The excavation shed hot water boiler is being replaced and upgraded from a 6litre to 8litre boiler. It is hoped that this development will allow for the perfect cup of tea during the excavation tea break.

:-)

Andy

The 2011 Excavation Season
Also, take note all you early risers,

The excavators will meet daily at the study centre at 9:30am to come up tot he excavations as a group. No 8am starts, no 9am starts and the site gate will be locked! So everyone is to meet at the study centre at 9:30am.

Also, excavators are advised to park in the east park, the same place that the staff will be parking :-). It is the closest to the study centre. If you are staying in the centre then of course you can park in your bespoke car park behind the centre. This car park is key carded and only those staying in the centre (one of the many perks) have access to this car park. There is NO parking down the museum drive.

cheers,

Andy

The 2011 Excavation Season
Excavation weekly diary.

All of those who signed up to the excavations this year will have noticed that we have a more structured programme on the excavations this time round.

Here it is once more for all of you who signed up but didn't read the small print!

Daily Diary


Monday
9:30am - all excavators meet at the archaeological study centre
9:30am - 12noon - all excavators on their first day of their 2011 experience to undergo induction and a Museum and site tour. If this is your consecutive week or you have been before during 2011 season then Dr Birley will lead you up to the excavations from the study centre to make a start.
12noon-1pm - Lunch
1pm- 2:45pm - Excavation*
2:45 - 3:10pm - Tea Break
3:10-4:30pm - Excavation*

Tuesday and Wednesday
9:30am- meet at the archaeological study centre, once the group is assembled they will be taken to join the excavation.
9:45-12noon - Excavation*
12noon-1pm - Lunch
1-2:45pm - Excavation*
2:45-3:10pm - Tea Break
3:10-4:30pm - Excavation*

Thursday
9:30am - meet at the archaeological study centre, once the group is assembled they will be taken to join the excavation.
9:45-12noon - Excavation*
12noon-1pm - Lunch
1-2:45pm - Excavation*
2:45-3:10pm - Tea Break
3:10-4:30pm - An excursion for all of those excavating for their first week in 2011 (irrespective of previous excavation experience at the site). For those that have taken part in this excursion before during 2011, an opportunity to continue on the excavations.
7 -9pm - A buffet supper for all of the Vindolanda excavators in the Archaeological study Centre.

Friday 9:30am- meet at the archaeological study centre, once the group is assembled they will be taken to join the excavation.
9:45-12noon - Excavation*
12noon-1pm - Lunch
1-2:45pm - Excavation*
2:45-3:10pm - Tea Break
3:10-4:30pm - Excavation*
4:30pm - An official group photograph of the week's team and summing up talk on the weeks work by the Director of Excavations.

*Excavation sessions are a mixture of either physical excavation or archaeological related activities such as pottery washing, surveying, site illustration etc. All excavators are expected to take part in as many of the above activities as possible.

Wet Weather Programme


In the course of the excavation season we can lose the occasional day to the elements. Excavation will take place unless the archaeologists deem the weather conditions to be either detrimental to health or a danger to the archaeology of the site and the excavation methods deployed in its recovery. If excavation cannot take place, post excavation work such as washing and marking pottery, illustration, history walks and appropriate lectures will take place. If the weather continues to cause problems then all archaeological work will be halted until such a time as it may safely resume and the volunteers will be asked to return when the rain stops. All volunteers must accept the possibility that they may lose a day of excavating to the elements.