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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 Team Photos
Week 9.

Can't remember the last time we lost volunteers to sunstroke, but it happened this week! So Rob, sorry you are missing on the team photo and I hope you are feeling better. Thanks to everyone for a very productive week. Anaerobic conditions making for some smashing finds and features galore coming out. What will that mysterious stone building in the new area turn out to be? Looking at the quality of the masonry I wouldn't bet against something really quite nice. I have to say though that the highlight of the week must have been the albino slug in knee pads, or perhaps the Roman re-enactors playing jazz through the cornicularis - hmm maybe the heat has got to me too........ Many thanks everyone for a great week.

Area B Team Photos
Week 8.

Well I'm sorely tempted to make all sorts of remarks about Tony's leaky bladder, long pipe and fetish for knee pads, but you'd only be disappointed to find it was only a camel-back drinking bag and new slater's pads!!!!! Seriously though, it was another good week with the revelation of a possible ditch system, a Cashmore type 1 brooch, and have we finally, finally got the edge of those cobbles????? Many thanks everyone for all your hard work.

Area B
How about cobbles from an elevated view point ;)

Area B Team Photos
Week 7.

My word did we move some volume of earth this week........ ;) A big thank you to Matthew and his extra large trowel that saved us weeks of labour. Many thanks to everyone too for the hard work and stoicism to dig through whatever the Northumbrian weather gods could throw at us - maybe it was all the compo Nigel was providing that kept us all going with the military stiff upper lip! Not the easiest of weeks, but the archaeology was tip top. Less in the way of cobbled surfaces now and more drains walls and floors at last. :D

Area B Team Photos
Week 6.

What a shower! and no I don't mean the excavators, who were fab, but the one that left pools of water all over the place right at the end of play. More road cleaning this week and one or two roadside gutters starting to emerge as well. Lets hope there are some structures surviving on their edges......
Many thanks to everyone this week for your constant enthusiasm and hard work in what were at times some fairly dire conditions. Maybe not quite so sure about the various site interpretations of maypoles, and dancing soldiers in sequined armour mind, but I hope to see you all again.

Area B Team Photos
:D Yeah the road sure does look like it is going through that gap. It's actually just a coincidence of things happening though. The cobbled road is buried a fair bit deeper than the modern wall, but there is also a farmer's drainage ditch there as well that has caused the dry stone wall to collapse into it as it has subsdied over the years. It is also highly likley that the same modern drainage ditch has also destroyed the Roman road that lies a little beneath :( I have to admit though that it is a handy piece of collapse for pointing out to excavators and visitors where the road is leading.....

Area B Team Photos
Week 5.

We somehow managed to defy the weather forcasters and had another dry week making good progress in our cobble cleaning efforts. There is a split in the roads with one running NE-SW and the other running E-W across the northern edge of last summer's smithing workshops. One or two other structures starting to emerge too, so a successful week. many thanks to you all, I'm sure you were cleanign cobbles in your sleep at times this last week, but the end result looks fantastic!