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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!

Weeks 2-3 Andy's team
Hi guys,

No, the soil sampling will start in earnest as soon as we have uncovered both granary floors. Thus far, all floor levels seem roughly intact, although a little battered by the roof and walls landing on them cAD550-600. Once we have them uncovered we will be gridding both buildings in a 50cm grid, and taking samples from the underfloor at each 50cm interval. Around 600 1litre samples will taken so it is a big process. Added to this, all soil removed by excavation from the underfloor areas of the granaries will be sieved for animal bones, such as mice, rats, cats and dogs. Of course, we expect to get the animal remains in that order! Each 50cm square grid will be sieved and recorded seperately so we should get a picture of what beasties lived where under the floor and compare this with the food stuffs stored in what areas.

At least, that's the plan!

Andy

Week 4 Andy's Team
Another batch of heroic excavators were put through their paces last week. I would like to say that the weather was better than before, but that would have been a brazen lie! however, they stuck to their tasks and as you can see, things are starting to take shape.

Ave


Andy

Weeks 2-3 Andy's team
Robbed away....the west wall has been sacked by some farmers.....damn them!
The photo shows the surviving floor of the building, a rubble filled trench where the west wall used to be and a cobbled street outside the west wall...



Weeks 2-3 Andy's team
Not quite the finished article, but heading in the right direction, the western granary standing tall. This building will do a great deal to enhance the visitors enjoyment of the fort at Vindolanda with it's fine masonry.

Weeks 2-3 Andy's team
Frances hiding/working in a blizzard off the south eastern corner of the granary.

Weeks 2-3 Andy's team
Difficult and bracing working conditions...

Weeks 2-3 Andy's team
Hard at work uncovering the east wall

Weeks 2-3 Andy's team
Week 3, standing in the same spot as week two, photo taken from the east looking west...


Weeks 2-3 Andy's team
The team members from week 2, standing in the middle of the most westerly granary.

Weeks 2-3 Andy's team
Week 2 - March 30th - April 3rd
Week 3 - April 5th - April 10th

The excavations have continued through the past two weeks with the weather getting a little better at times but mostly more of the same. However, the teams that have been in over the past two weeks have done some fantastic work and it is safe to say that despite the weather, and only being in week 3, we are alreay at least one week ahead of schedule. So a big thank you to all of the week 2-3 crew members for their cheerful efforts.

What follows are team pics and some other photo's of the excavations.

best,


Andy

Week One
Nah,

The access is on the northern side, so we have not got to the main door yet, more to follow. ...

Andy

Week One
Another pic of granary one wall, under excavation....


Andy

Week One
Edition of the one granary theory....

newsflash....

we can now confirm that the second building did indeed start out life as a granary as well. As the excavation progressed on Sunday/ Monday it became clear that it's buttress had been demolished and replaced by a normal wall, but was surviving at an earlier level, thus confirming its use as a granary in it's primary phase....

more to follow....


Andy

Week One
Picture of the first granary