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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
Sequined armor? Okay, at least one other person must be as crazed as I.

I heard that the weather was going to be 'heavy storms' for Northumberland today (Fri); I do hope it didn't come to pass.

This is the End, My Friend...
A question for Andy, Justin and anyone else:

What do we know of the fourth century occupation and beyond? From what I've read on other locations, garrison strengths tended to attenuate markedly from the third century onward. The thrust of my very general query is this:

Do we have any evidence at Vindolanda as to the nature of the fourth century garrison? We know 'who' they were, but is there any evidence, pro or con, of diminished occupation (a smaller garrison) from the evidence? I know that sounds somewhat absurd, but I was just wondering if we see any sign of the garrison, eg, living outside the fort itself (perhaps as farmers), or fewer coin finds, etc, etc.

I'm curious because the record elsewhere appears to indicate a general degradation in both garrison strength and capability (ie, the 'limitanei') on other frontiers, and I'm wondering what, if anything, the evidence may be from this period.

Please feel free to tell me to just shut up; I know this is a very abstruse question which may not be susceptible to any sort of answer!