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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!

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Area B Team Photos
Week 17.

So we appear to have started digging in the tropics. Guaranteed rain every day at much the same time meaning frustration for all as we bucketed sponged and pumped water out of the trench only to see it flood back in. So a huge thank you to this weeks crew who cheerfully endured all of this, plus my bad moods and cursing of the weather too. Bizarrely enough we managed to achieve a great deal with a new road, cobbled needless to say, and post holes, floors etc from later vicus structures as well. I thoroughly enjoyed the humour in the trench this week and special mention must be made to mssrs Bunsen and Beaker who kept us all well amused with various pieces of wit and wisdom. Good luck to Beaker especially in his new career as a priate on the great Accountan sea. London won't know what's hit it. Good luck and I hope you enjoy it although I suspect you have missed your vocation in life as a cake tester for Mr Kipling!

Diggers, Ditches, and Debates - July 2009
Great photos David, Thank you for posting them. Packy must have been standing in the bottom of the Severan ditch to make me look that tall! :P

Brilliant to see someone from Area B contributing to this site - come on everyone else where are your pics????

Area B Team Photos
Week 16.

A mixed week with a lot of shifting about due to wet trenches (perhaps understatement of the season) but still a decent week with the emergence of the other side of our monumental gateway, a vicus floor and some potentially exciting features in the newly deturfed area. Just as well we had the good humour of Richard, Jack, Matt and our very own mad scientist Will 'beaker' Wilkinson to keep us all amused through the inclement weather :P Many thanks again to everyone, lots of good conversation certainly, but lots of hard work done as well.

Area B Team Photos
:D Brilliant Tim! and you have no idea how close you are with that description ;) He set it down between the Preatorium and the Severan round houses without any trouble at all. Those guys need a medal the size of a frying pan for the job they do, absolutely fantastic!

Area B Team Photos
Week 15.

Well I bet when you applied to dig you didn't expect to be asked to direct helicopters and assist in medical emergencies eh? A special thanks to this week's crew who had to do all of the above in addition to the usual hard graft of digging down to sort out the site. A good week in many ways with the gate respond for the period III fort looking fab now. A potential timber built structure just west of the Severan rampart and a whole new area deturfed and ready to greet future crews. All good stuff and I think we made some pretty big strides in understanding area B this week. Well done to all who helped and many thanks for your hard work!

Area B Team Photos
Week 14.

Well how extreme can the weather get at Vindolanda? Close to 30 degrees for half the week and then the local paper records 11,000 lightening strikes a minute over Hexham and an absolute deluge! Luckily the excavation wasn't too badly affected and things moved on this week. We definitely have a fancy gate respond for a gateway sometime earlier then the Severan period, when the gate was thensliced through by its large Western defensive ditch. Oh and there does seem to have been the odd phase or four of later roman building activity on the same site above - just normal area B stuff really ;) Anyway a special thanks to this week's crew who have without doubt had to put up with the hardest working conditions this season. Many thanks for your efforts and cheerful good company all week, you were brilliant to work with!