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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!

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Vindolanda FIeld School blog
How come they didn't have to de-turf??? Every would-be archaeologist's dream activity surely?!

2012 Excavation Season Group Photographs
Bert Halliday
May 30 2012, 01:13 PM
I thought I would add a picture of our dig and a smiling Andy on a dry and sunny day. Note the water still filling the pits...

Great week and great weather!
Do I see shadows there??????

A day out
Malise McGuire
Jun 4 2012, 10:18 AM

We discovered that this place is not called Belting - ham, as we've been calling it for the past 15 years, but Beltinge - am. Same goes for Bellingham - it's Bellinge - am.

(..'inge' as in 'singe' - to burn or char). We had this info from Pauline so it must be right! :)

Could this be applied to other places? E.g. Birminge-am - well the locals there call it Brummagem, so perhaps its countrywide and we've all be getting it wrong. ;) (also Nottinge-am....originally called Snottingaham. I'm not making this up! :D )

We went to 'Beltinge-am' to look for grave markers belonging to my late great uncle's Usher family and found a set of Bowes-Lyons family graves by the entrance. The Bowes-Lyons belonged to the late Queen Mother's family, and they owned Ridley Hall amongst other places. You would have to go past the Hall if you go to that churchyard by car. The Hall's a lovely place, both inside and out, but I'm not sure if it is generally open to the public. However, if you are getting married, it's a now a wealthy wedding venue....

The Hall gardens back on to Allenbanks where you can go for walks, courtesy of the National Trust.

Here is a link referring to one of the Haltwhistle Rings walks 'The Allenbanks Walk' - ignore the fact that the first bit is upside down as its a scanned a leaflet (on the other hand, they may be catering for our DownUnder visitors :P )


'Ham' is frequently used to mean town or settlement in placenames, so it depends really on when the site was first settled and who settled it. Snottingaham was named after an unfortunate Dane (I think) called Snott, therefore it is 'Snott's town'. Just gets worse, doesn't it??

Placenames featuring 'Sk-' as a prefix are of Danish origin, so believe it or not Skelmersdale really did exist before it became a new town!

Week 8
And to think the highlight of my digging this year was an empty creme egg wrapper!
Looking good - can't wait to visit the trenches at Friends night.