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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
Thanks for the support folks. I'm just sorry to report that ever since we found the ditch it hasn't stopped raining. I'm itching to get in there but the surplus water is currently lapping over the trench edge every morning.

Good luck on those various digs, i hope they turn up all manner of goodies for you.

And Harry - I take your point entirely! :P It is becoming an annual nightmare! At least this one seems to be running in a straight line and not going around the bend like last years - or was that just the archaeoogist?!?

Week 21.

A considerably shorter week than normal, but just as we were contemplating building an ark it stoppped and the finds were terrific.

Week 20.

Another tropical weeek in sunny Northumberland. You can tell it's August by the lightweight summer attire of this weeks's crew!

Area B half way though
We now have a large area opened up between where we finished last summer and this year's trench and it is beginning to make some sense.

There has clearly been some form of industrial activity going on as evidenced by the large volume of various types of slags coming off a heavily iron pan encrusted occupation surface. The walls for this workshop, timber, or stone are still elusive, but the building seems to underly, and therefore predate, a later cobbled area. the dating material associated with the cobbles suggest it to have been early 3rdC in date so fitting in with the origianal vicus. Maybe we have something like a market place, or a parade ground. No doubt things will become clearer as we dig further.

The other nice feature in the area is what seems to be a large ditch (yup there's a surprise in my area :P ) It seems to be turning on an angle and could be a pre Hadrianic fort ditch, a field boundary, corner of a construction camp, drainiage ditch............etc etc We need to see more of it and get some dating material now, so guess what the next few weeks will be spent doing. Lots to do! photos to be posted when I get time to resize and post them.

Week 19.

Members of the general public were confused at the trench this week by Roman archaeologists dressed as civil war pikemen talking about getting married in Edwardian costume!!!!! and then they all drove off in a mobile chip van to underwater accommodation! :P It could only be Vindolanda in August.

Seriously though, many thanks to this week's crew. I'm sure you didn't sign up for underwater archaeology but your usual enthusiasm and zest for archaeology was great to see. Hope to see you all again next summer.

Week 18.

Summer finally arrived! Thanks to everyone for a great week. Even when the archaeology was steady for a time, Richard and Jack's brotherly banter kept me amused and Sian even broke that finds jinx! Phew :P