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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 half way though
A general photo across area B showing the cobbled floor of the workshop with the apse in the centre.

Area B half way though
Amazingly we are close to half way through the season already and I thought it was time to post an upate on how things stand so far.

We have found the extant of the stone built vicus to the south west of the fort now where it seems a small area of industrial workshops lay. A lead brooch - perhaps a blank for a mould may indicate one of the items being made there and the sheer amount of clinker, soot etc on the floor might indicate quite a long use for the buildings.

A network of roads (some of them better laid than others!) has been uncovered. These lead off mainly east to west away from the stone fort as expected, but one slight surprise is a nicely defined track, complete with curbs, that heads off to the southwest towards 'king cairn hill'. What were they doing up in that direction now???

A nice surprise has been a couple of inscribed items. The first was a small altar lying face down in a small pit. The inscription is far from easy to read and work is continuing at present - as soon as I know I'll let you know! Suggestions as to why the inscription is so badly carved range from illiteracy to a large quantity of celtic beer being consumed immediatley prior to carving! :P The second item was a finger ring inscribed with what looked like Matri Patri, but againmore lab work is necessary to make certain.

The excavation is now heading north, to link up with the area we examined last year and to target one or two nice repsonses on the magnetometer plan that was undertaken in the winter.

It's looking good so far and I'm sure there will be lots more new information to come yet this season...............

Week 13.

A week that seemed to have as many professional archaeologists on the dig as volunteers! Lots of exciting finds and great conversation too. Ed once again proved he is as handy with a 7iron as with a trowel and I'm sure John won't be long in training Merry to dig holes and sniff out finds. Week 13 was also the final week for the lads from the University of Leiden. Their 4 week stint seems to have flown by and i'm sure I speak for all who met them when i with them both 'goed geluk met uw studies'

Week 12.

The best looking team of 2008 so far???? well the midges thought so anyway! Lucky we had lots of dead grass and two Dutch pyromaniacs to keep them at bay - well relatively speaking anyway.

Week 11.

A good team with the addition of some vagabond who they found sleeping rough in a car park, took pity on and tempted to the dig! :P Cheers everyone