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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!

Dig photo's from 2006
The May excavators from Vindolanda (2006)

Thanks to the gang of 2006
Dear wedigvindolanda volunteers.

This is just a note to thank you all for your help through the 2006 excavations season on the site. It would not be possible to do the work without you, and all of the staff at Vindolanda appreciates the time, dedication and effort that some 300 volunteers give to the programme every year.

Next season is going to be the last of the present SMC (scheduled monument consent). So it should be a big year, and we hope to see many of you again for the start of next season which is in a little over 6months time.

The excavation applications for 2007 start on the 1st of November this year.

All the very best,

Andrew

Assistant Director of Excavation
The Vindolanda Trust

Dig photo's from 2006
same area different angle. The SW corner of the 4th cohort of Guals fort excavated in 2006.

Dig photo's from 2006
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Dig photo's from 2006
Hi folks,

This is a place ot start uploading photographs from the 2006 excavations, including anything you want to share.

Remember to keep it under 100k or there abouts for the minute.

looking forward to seeing all of those lovely pics!

Andy

Roundhouses at Vindolanda, why?
Harry asks……

Q. Is the size of the huts consistent with similar buildings of the same era whose use is known?

A. They are pretty regular in size with dwellings that range from the north of Scotland to the north coast of Africa in the Roman era.

Q. Is there any record of official Roman policy towards locals in this era? Apart from ‘suppressing’ the tribes in the north?

A. No, not really. But by this time, everyone on the inside of the empire has been enfranchised by citizenship….

Q. What kind, if any, of small finds are there in the huts?

A. Alas not much. We know that a few Severan coins have been found, and that in a few huts, hearths were centrally placed. Also that someone took a pee in the corner of one. By someone, we don’t know if it was a human or a dog.

Q. Does the quality of the huts, roads, & drains suggest talented military or haphazard locals?

A. Well, the layout (very tightly controlled) suggests military involvement, as does the fact that they are built on army land….however, the hap-hazard nature of the construction suggests that each house was perhaps individually constructed by different occupiers.

Q. Is it certain that the huts date from the same time as the Severan activity? Or could they date to a period after the Antonine fort was razed and before any more building activity took place?

A. Severan as Severan can be.

Q. Were there any vicus buildings standing at this time? i.e. - were these huts built because there was nothing else there? Or because what was there wasn't suitable?

A. The huts are where the ‘vicus’ should now be. The fort has moved and what was once the fort is now a field covered with round huts.  there lie the problem!

If you get any sleepless nights on this one and suddenly have a eureka moment, I expect to see it on the website before I have to write the report!

P.S. As soon as I can workout how to upload a pic, I’ll post a plan or two.

Andy



Roundhouses at Vindolanda, why?
The Vindolanda Roundhouses........

Ok my fellow excavators, here is a topic to get you going. The archaeology at Vindolanda is famously complex, and no period can enjoy that title more than the Severan occupation of the site.

Sometime cAD208 and 211, the fort was moved to the area that had been previously used for extramural occupation (to the west of the old site), and on the site of the old Antonine fort, up to 250 circular huts were constructed, in neat rows of ten, back to back, with roads and drains between them. Was this a construction camp for Hadrian's Wall's repairs, was it a temporary camp for the farmers north of the wall during the Severan expidition against the Caledons? Who were these people? All we can guess at is that they were probably not 'Romans' or at least 'Romanized, creolized, globalized......' in their construction techniques.

If you have an idea of who they might have been, and why they were at Vindolanda between cAD208-211, give it a go.

Andy :D