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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!

Thoughts from 2007 season
Cheers Kate,

Looking forward to you looking in in October, the corner of the fort wall is consolodated and looking good. Good luck with the MA, and it will be great to have you in the trenches again with us next year.

best,

Andy

Roman Wells?
My money is on the cheese presses. We get a lot of these things from the gaulish contexts at Vindolanda, so with a bunch of Gauls, you might expect some pretty good cheese. :D

Thoughts from 2007 season
2007 will be remembered by me for the sea of mud. It has been the quickest season I have ever experienced at Vindolanda, yet despite this we have learned a great deal about the site. The large timber building in trench B just keeps on going to the west, leaving us with tantalising traces of somethin that is now almost completely destroyed through Roman and post Roman activity. Not to forget the crazy ditch systems, those damn field drains (those of you who cut through one know what I'm talking about), and some very nice wells.

In trench A, well, we leaned that the extramural settlement was abandoned at some point in the mid 3rd century and then rebuilt. We also leaned that the placement of that vicus was not in the first phase of plans, as they had started to dig a fort ditch system thorugh the area that the vicus now sits on. To the north we proved once and for all that the Antonine forts went further than their counterparts, probably all three of them, and thus raising interesting questions about the line of the stanegate road.

The very north eastern corner of that wall is now consolidated for permanent display, so all of those who worked on that north wall trench, you have something to remind you of your hard work.

Speaking of all things Antonine, some 190 shoes were recovered from the Antonine fort dicthes, and 16 writing tablets. Of those, three are possible belters, but we will have to wait and see. So 2007 was a great year, and both Justin and I, Beth and Alex are grateful to you all for your help and support. As Justin has already mentioned on this site, we are here to facilitate the excavations and to support them as they continue, you, the wedigvindolanda crew are the Vindolanda excavators, and the site is for you.

stay posted for news on 2007 results as we get them and also more info on the coming 2008-2012 SMC.

best,

Andy

Pictures!!!
Here is why it was worth it. Clear stratigraphy on the the site showing the relationships between the material from the last three fort construction periods at Vindolanda. On the top, large extramural stone foundations for site 29 (bar, shop, house) large blocks to support an essentially timber superstructure. Below, a very different type of construction, the wall of a military workshop inside the Severan fort at Vindolanda. Beneath that, the black material which is oxygen free, anaerobic Antonine fort ditch material from Vindolanda.

Pictures!!!
3 water pumps later and we can get back into the trenches. A picture here of a fine young man getting his hands dirty.

Pictures!!!
Water has sometimes been an issue this season. Infact, this year was the wettest in the UK since official records began. Not a good year to be digging a deep trench into a fort ditch system as it so happened.... Of course, we let the excavators out before the water got this high...at least that is how I remember it. :-)

Pictures!!!
another picture, same side...

Pictures!!!
More of 29, this time the southern section which was dropped down 4m below the vicus road.

Pictures!!!
Site 29, the vicus floor has been removed, as has the floor of the military worksho below so that the excavators can get into the underlying Antonine fort ditches. This proves to be both good and bad. Good because we recovered a lot of data from the ditch including Animal bones, pottery, 120 shoes and 16 tablets, bad, because the water never stopped flowing in. Here we have some of the excellent dicth digging crew, all ready to go! Esther looking menacing with that pickaxe, as usual... Faith and Joy getting out of her way.

Pictures!!!
The cobbled road and ditch gang, a good looking bunch of course! See if you can spot 'Laura the Great' on this pic, (Laura the Great, good grief ed).

Pictures!!!
The cobbled road outside the western fort wall. efectively a ring road. This is the last trench area of the 2007 season for area A.