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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!

AREA B - Early findings
First off - great photos everyone, keep them coming and thanks to all who have helped me out with the post here of what has been going on in area B.

Well our famous 'roundhouse' is now looking more like an apse forming one side of the industrial workshop. With the find of the lead brooch (surely a mould blank) is this what they had been making in there?!? Lots of clinker all over the floor and chunks of metal slag too.

You can always tell at tea break who has been working on the workshop as they look like Victorian chimney sweeps with black hand marks all over their faces! :P

Elsewhere, it looks like much of the far west of the area has been really whacked by the plough and there appears to be a lack of stone buildings in the west of our patch. Has the end of the 3rd C vicus now been established? A little more work to do, but it is looking likely.

Anyway, here is a picture showing the area just outside the 'apse' being cleaned up. More to follow as new evidence emerges..........

Week 10.

Well here's what the midges didn't eat of the week 10 team! Humid weather and long grass - a combination the little beggars seem to love. However, most of them seemed attracted to Tony's knees so it wasn't all bad. A good week with some real progress made in our understanding of the outer reaches of the vicus. Thank you all for your hard work and company.

Week 9,

The amazing run of dry weather continued and mysterious apses / roundhouses, and Gordon's constant stream of small finds kept things ticking along nicely. However, illness struck again (nowt to do with my own bug I hasten to add) so Steve and Bob are missing from the team shot. (hope the groin gets better soon Bob, it can only imporve that golf swing of yours! :P ).

Week 8.

Well the bad luck with injuries continued this week with Nigel ending up with a golf ball hidden in his elbow. Nothing to do with the dig but more liklely through elbowing chefs at work at RAF Conningsby! :lol: Luckily Marcel cheered us all up with special treats from France, and Roger with his endless Limericks and jokes, which were much appreciated by everyone!

So the team photo returns, but with the notable absence of Nigel 'Basher' Barker.

Week 7
Apologies everyone. A nasty case of some vile lurgy saw me forced off the dig for 3 days and shed a stone in weight in the process. (now if I could only bottle that as a weight loss technique......) Anyway, I didn't manage to capture a team shot for the week so I'm sorry for that, but thatnk yo all for your hard work.

AREA B - Early findings
Nice to hear you made it home ok Tim. Even better was that you had such good weather for walking. That has to have helped your cause with your wife to wangle a couple of weeks next year right? :P Hope to see you again.

Week 6
As you can see, a bigger crew and almost dry weather. Many thanks for all your enthusiasm and hard work everyone. (*Please note - posted by 7pm for those who doubted! ;))