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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!

Week 4
week 4 excavators

Diggers Soon To Be Redundant
Anything under the first 30cms of topsoil is up for grabs in terms of mixed up. Add post Roman farming into the mix and you can see why we don't get overly excited by topsoil across most of the site. Rabbits are a pain, and the main culprits, as well as how wet and soft the soil is, the more waterlogged, the deeper things can organically sink to. However, this material does cover some interesting stuff that has not been disturbed, that is why we will continue to have to take most of it out by hand, just in case we might miss something.

However, that being said, today we will employ mechanical power to remove my grandfathers 1930's spoil heap :-).

Week 3
week 3 team photo. :-)

Week 3
Week 3, the promise of things to come.

The week 3 team were superb, working through yet more rotten weather but really moved a considerable volume of earth, especially as their trenches were firmly under water for part of the time. Looking like we are going to have a fun summer as a result, with things starting to liven up quite a bit, or at least it will do if the sun starts to shine on a consistent basis. Definitely a series of large ditches to be uncovered, possible causeways and all manner of other good things.

I expect that week 4 will be a another tough one with the weather, but there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel in this department. Thanks to all week 3 team members, you were troopers, photo to follow on Monday.



P.S. Also a very, very special thanks to a wonderful volunteer who has donated boxes of new trowels to the excavations, gloves, mats, spades, a water pump, dust sheets, hand shovels, picks and some other wonderful toys. We are extremely grateful sir, and we salute you.

2012 Excavation Season Group Photographs
Now then, here is week 2. I will of course upload it in my own merry time :-)

This photo was taken on the only dry day of the week, but it was a really nice day!

Clean Tools
Hey now, the tools are not knackered! A poor workman always blames his tools? no? :-)

Clean Tools
Ok, seriously? A debate about cleaning tools? dear me.

The answer is a simple one.

We ban the use of gloves. In our experience, those who use them have the filthiest tools, as they are averse to getting dirty but are happy to hide behind a layer of filth so long as it isn't on their skin :-).

As for women's trowels.......don't bother. Get a normal one. A marketing ploy this one.

good grief!



Week 1
Mike C
Apr 8 2012, 02:48 AM
Hi Andy
It would be great to have a full years diggers group photos.
As you're the only one to have one of week one, get us all off to a good start.
There you are.

Week 1
The official pic, minus camera man.


Week 1
Week 1 team being filmed by BBC look north news. Some stared on the telly on the following Monday. Well done folks, good job on site and on telly.