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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!

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AREA B - Early findings
The possible workshop over the street from CXIV.

AREA B - Early findings
This is the W wall of building CXIV (a posh house) with the drain running down the outside.

AREA B - Early findings
Proper progress is now being made! We have pretty much a mirror image of the east side of Andrew's building CXIV from a few years ago, i.e a nice drain stuffed full of junk, then a north-south running roadway. On the other side of the road is a small building, which although badly plough damaged looks to have been a workshop judging by the amount of burning, clinker etc lying on the floor. One or two artefacts have appeared to suggest at least a female presence close to the area too. So things are looking promising for an interesting few weeks to come!

Week 5.

The heat wave continues as you can see from the excavating attire, however, another small but dynamic team saw good progress made. Thank you for your efforts lads!

No week 3 as I was on holiday so straight to WEEK 4.
The small in number, but extremley powerful super-duo!
What a week, Baltic winds, Biblical rains, Hand numbing cold..... if it hadn't been for the good company and enthusiasm I might have packed in and gone home! Thanks for all your help ladies, it was great fun working with you again.

The Old Shed
Well i'm feeling a tad nostalgic here as this is the last week for the old excavation shed before it becomes its own funeral pyre on Monday.

I believe it was acquired from the 'Lion of Corbridge' pub in the late 70s early 80s and had previously functioned as staff accommodation there. (now there's a sobering thought for any of you who feel a complaint about your modern accommodation coming on!) It has had a number of functions over the years at Vindo and acted as the groundsman's shed when I first started working there. I have fond memories of cups of tea with Alan our old groundsman in there, all made with a kettle that should have been condemned a century or so ago. No sink or indoor tap in those days, you got the water from the stand-pipe outside!

It became the exacavation shed in about 1999 complete with fertilizer bags full of dirt to act as seating, and an old saw bench that gave you splinters in your hands as you ate your sarnies. A haven for wildlife of all sorts, I can think of at least 12 families of blue tits, robins, starlings and swallows that have been born there (and a good many mice who have died there!) ;)

As we take delivery of the new 'all singing all dancing' shed (which is far too inferior a term for it by the way) I can't help but feel a pang of regret for the old dear who has seen so many friendships made there, endless great conversations - some about history/archaeology and others far more inane.

However, by far my favourite memory was seeing a wren make her nest on the inside of one of the window frames in 2000. She hatched and raised no fewer than 14 chicks in that nest. (there wasn't a millimetre spare) flying in and out with worms and grubs right over the top of us as we took our tea breaks. Then best of all, the chicks flew from the nest for the first time one morning tea time. We had to gather them all up just to get them outside. Quite a moment, and one that I reckon could only take place on an excavation at Vindolanda!

So farewell to the old shed - easily replaced but never easily forgotten!

2008 Excavations
The bloke must be a Newcastle Utd fan! :P Wey aye man, this is reet tropical this like!

AREA B - Early findings
Well one building has now become three, but in typical Vindolanda fashion, what looked to be a straight forward wall from last week (the 1m wide one from my last post above) just suddenly disappeared. Maybe the north wind was bringing in sleet and snow then as well and the builder's took off to the pub without finishing! :P

3 pottery gaming counters off the floor of one of the new buildings surely identifies it as a casino! ;) although a large amount of burning and some metal slag could indicate a more likely, but much less fun, workshop.

Photos to come when I'm back from my hols.

Week 2.

Well I thought it wasn't any drier or warmer than week 1, but when Davide could dig all week with his cheerful smile and no complaints after coming in from Palermo, maybe I'm just getting soft! Thanks for all your hard work folks.

AREA B - Early findings
Well I know that a few of you will be desparate to know what is happening early doors, so this is a quick post to let you know that we are off to a good start already.

We have at least two different periods defined by two separate walls and a nicely cobbled road surface. There seems to have been a lot of post-Roman ploughing, which has damaged parts of the Roman features, but enough has survived to see what had been going on.

One of the walls is certainly the western wall of the nice courtyard house CXIV that Andrew's team first uncovered in 2005. (page 14 in the 2005 report with the brown cover) It appears to have had a well-laid cobbled roadway on its west side and there is a possibility that we now have the next building to the west as well. A legionary tile stamp [LEG I...?] came off this roadway, but being broken at the crucial point, didn't help much.

The second wall is later in date and over 1m wide. Its purpose is a mystery as yet, but more work on it will help in the coming weeks.

The photo shows the west wall of building CXIV and some of the cobbles on the roadway outside.

We are certainly up and running, and if things keep going like this, it will be a very good five year programme! All we need now is some better weather. The snow has now turned to rain and I'm really not sure if it is an improvement or not!

It seemed very popular last year so I decided to run another rogues gallery of team photographs for each week during the 2008 season. Here is the crew from week 1. Many thanks to all three of you for working through some pretty nasty weather to give the season such a great start. I hope to see you all again soon.