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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!

Pictures!!!
Thanks, David. Much appreciated. The well in your last picture, where was that within the larger Area B picture? Is it on the west edge near the stone and wire fence?
Thanks
Matt

Area B Team photos 2007
Week 18 looked dry for the picture at least. Has there been days lost to the waether in recent weeks? Or has the place dried up enough to get down to the good stuff?!

Matt

Area B Temple thoughts
I was wondering a few days back ( I believe it was more like day dreaming!) if the temples found last year are part of a special burial area. Maybe something to do with officers or important town officials. The wall remains found north and this year east of the temples could be part of a temenos boundary setting off the burial area specially reserved. So the temples could be fancy mausolea. I wonder if any highly burned areas were found south of the temples. I know a road went to the south but it may not have always been there, at least not at first. There is an occurence of mausolea marked off by a wall with possible funeral pyre remains near Roman Corbridge so I wonder if there was a time when postings along the Wall all had special burial areas.

Matt

Pictures!!!
Thanks, Andy. I know its tough to get those volunteers to part with their prize pictures! That's great about the tablets. I can't wait to read the report and see what juicy bits the Romans left behind. Maybe one day there will be a Vindolanda soap opera or tv movie series!
Matt

Pictures!!!
Hey all you volunteers, where are the pictures of the dig from when you were there? How about a few shots of each area to see how they have developed in the last few weeks. Come on you second half volunteers, get crackin' on those pictures. And add in how the dig went for you. Did you find what you were looking for?! There has to be more writing tablets discovered in the last 6-8 weeks. How about any inscriptions or cool pottery decoration? Give a "Colonist" some love!
Matt

Stanegate
Harry,
While at Corbridge I was thinking of that particular letter that bemoans the fact that the road is in such horrid repair. Of course if I lived in the big town and owned a business I wouldn't be out in the country much and might not know that the roads were quagmires and full of pot holes. The town roads would be in good repair and show off the "might" of Rome. Awe the locals and all.
Matt

Stanegate
While digging this season I had a chance to visit Roman Corbridge and see the Stanegate. Quite impressive. Would it have been as impressive outside of the towns and near any forts or way stations. I have been on roads that go from one town to another with nothing between and they seem to be the least maintained stretches. I wonder if it was similar during Roman times. Out of sight out of mind ya know for repairs and the like.
Matt

Any News?
Thanks Kate. Maybe they are leaving the discovery of the north gate until next year. Human JCB's to action!
Matt

Area B Team photos 2007
Hiya Justin,
Looks like week 16's crew had a good time. You must have been feeling your age that week! And it's good to see Chris dirty again in the week 17 picture. Make sure he gets the soggiest, wettest hole and tell him it's courtesy of me! Oh, tell Chris to post about his time working in area B. What has been up in that quagmire?
Matt

Any News?
Thanks, Kate. The weather must be the lousiest for getting down into the anaerobic stuff. And the midges must be in heaven with all the water and the mostly stationary human food banks, i.e. diggers. Did you see any work being done on the stone fort wall. I have been curious to know how far the excavation has gone since the turn was found. It's too bad people aren't posting more about what they are doing.
Matt