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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 2010
Week 19.

Well that's it, another season over, done and dusted. How fast did that one pass?

It was another week of frustrating weather, with lots of showers spoiling our efforts to tidy up and record everything, but we still had a great week. Spoons, shoes, circular things with the emperor's face on 'em, oh all manner of things.

Probably most significant though was some great datable material from under one of our roads, and a nice hearth in one of the timber buildings - so people looked to have been living there after all!

A huge thanks you to the crew from week 19 who had to put up with me running around like a loony recording stuff and getting the site ready to put to bed for the winter. You were fantastic and it was great to be able to work with you.

I think it is fair to say that Area B was really fun place to excavate this summer - the archaeology was absolutely stunning!


Area B Team Photos 2010
Week 18.

It may have been a dry summer, but my lord did that change this week! I can't remember a week so persistently wet for many a year.

However, thanks to a remarkably stoical and enthusiastic group of excavators we still achieved a remarkable amount. A half dozen pot stamps will surely give us half a chance of a decent date for two of the second century timber buildings. We turned up what has to rate as one of the finest boxwood nit combs from Roman Britain, complete with inlaid brass plate depicting what looks like Mars. Was the tiny bronze spoon for medicine or were the Romans chasing the dragon? :P

The timber posts continue to pop up like mushrooms (well I suppose it is the season) and we have new features to chase in the final week - can we find out why there is so much soot in the north of the trench? Is it really a hearth in the trench edge? Oh so much to do and so little time left.......

A massive thank you to the crew of week 18 because you made what could have been a very difficult week, given the weather, a resounding success. For anyone viewing it, this week's team photo was taken on the driest day of the week, which says it all........

PS: the inscribed lead badge that turned up last week turned out to read >VENATOR FECIT made by Venator. Well done Sue!

Area B Team Photos 2010
Week 17.

Well, find of the week has to be the little lead object that just maybe has the potential to be another MVTVNVS type offering. Watch this space when the lab have done their stuff, but it looked promising at the trench edge.

Elsewhere, we cariied out a lot of road cleaning and then road clearance producing some nicely stratified material. Will the pottery etc turn out to be the same date as the archaeologist reckons the features to have been ???? :ermm: Time will tell.

Frustratingly, every time we got going in the timber buildings another heavy shower undid all our good work, but even so, we established a NW-SE alignment for the later of the timber structures and even identified two wattle cross walls.

All in all a very successful week in terms of features and small finds! A big thank you to everyone who took part and helped this week, it was great to see some old friends and also meet some new ones. Hopefully see you next year.