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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!

Geophizzzz
Great stuff Andy. I have wondered how accurate the Ordnance Maps are when they say Stanegate with the dashed lines. It would be very interesting to know the exact course for as much as can be discovered with as little obtrusiveness to the farmers. I have thought that there must be indigenous sites all along or near the Stanegate. Discovery and excavation of some of those sites may help in discerning the exact nature of the roundhouses discovered within the fort platform at Vindolanda (building style, material types, etc.). To get a very tight picture of the Stanegate from Vindolanda west to Carvoran and its intersection with the Maiden Way is a project I would love to be a part of. Also the "missing" fort between Vindolanda and Corbridge would be a great sleuthing exercise!

Matt

Picture from April '06
Hey all. I've attched a picture of Katie and I. You may be able to pick out our faces among all the layers of clothes. It was the coldest weather we had been in for a long while! Especially for April.
Matt

Geophizzzz
Thanks Harry. I'll check into Bruce's book. I agree that there must be so much more to discover in the landscape around Vindolanda. Being a working fort and outpost for as long as it was there must be farmsteads and workshops and all sorts of structures dotting the landscape.
Matt

Early Season Dig '06
My wife Katie and I spent a week in early April working in Justin's crew. We worked the eastern edge of the season's dig boundary discovering a possible floor or road and tracking a wall that seemed to be diving into a ditch or depression. At least that was the thought at the time :D . We were unable to excavate more than about 18" down due to the saturation of the ground. I am wondering if anyone on the forum dug in the same area later in the Summer and has new info. about what lurked below in the waterlogged soil. The top finds for our week of excavation was a glass gaming piece, the whole top to a wine flagon, a stamped piece of T.S., and a small bit of dressed stone. Justin did find a coin on the last day but it was so corroded it fell apart and was unable to give any diagnostic info. I would love to hear about everyone's dig experiences and any interesting finds stories.

I've attached a photo of teh area Katie and I were excavating in early April. Does it look familiar to anyone? I'm interested in reading about any other experiences from this part of the dig or any other for that matter :)
Matt

Geophizzzz
Has there been any geophysics done of the land surrounding Vindolanda? I know the Trust has purchased land at different times. Was the land bought based on magnetometry or GPR studies or was it more because the local landowners were willing to sell to the Trust? I imagine the local landowners may be hesitant to let a bunch of archaeologists onto their land and do any sort of research with the fear being that the government or such may deem the property a heritage site and force them to sell or not use the land. Is there a plan in the works to purchase more land for the Trust or is there enough land to keep the archaeology rolling for years to come?
A quick sidebar: Anyone know where to find some good reading on the past archaeology done on the Stanegate?
Thanks
Matt

The 11th May Gang...
Wow! What a difference in weather a month makes. I and my wife were digging in cold, wet, mucky weather wearing three layers of clothes and parkas practically. That was teh week of April 10. So Spring did actually arrive at Vindolanda. I have some great pics of bare trees and muddy trenches :D
Matt

Welcome to wedigvindolanda.com!
Harry-
Great forum. Those of us braving the chill wintery conditions in April talked about the what if of a forum. You have made it happen! Oh and it was wintery in April. To a couple of Florida born, hot weather, diggers sleet is rarely seen! This year I'm thinking June would be more my style for weather.
Thanks again, Harry, and a big HOWDY to all the rest of the forum members.
Matt