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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!

One more useful item
That's a very heavy umbrella....thought they were more portable than that :P

One more useful item
They think of everything at this site! :)


New Facilities 2012
Think you'll find these very useful.

Seen today by Mike McGuire


Vindolanda iPad app
Some people go to an ancient site just to say they've been! Doesn't matter to them if they don't understand it. You could walk around with a large placard in front of them and use a loud hailer giving all the details on it and they'd still not understand what they've seen.

Something might percolate through when they saw the Eagle Eye film at RAM but apart from that, nothing. Not your fault, nor theirs.

And besides, if you are wearing headsets and walking around on what is actually a building site, aren't you asking for accidents? Not concentrating on where you are putting your feet could get you into a serious situation i.e. falling into the trench where the diggers are and that could be VERY off putting..... :D (not to mention suing for damages!)

Enuff said.


Vindolanda iPad app
Do you know... the sight of people wandering around a site with unfocussed eyes and looking like zombies with head-sets on is distinctly off-putting. You should try going around Lanercost Priory and quite a few other sites around the country - it's like walking with the dead! Horrible.

And if you want smells, hang around Justin's trench - all that anaeorobic stuff he's always finding ... not a smell you forget in a hurry! :-)

I do sincerely hope that Andy does not want to go down the route of headsets. Use your imagination for goodness sake! The site guide book is good, read it as you go around, talk to people on site - you learn a lot that way, more than you'd ever get from a recording.

Don't let Vindolanda become just like all the rest... it isn't and I want it to stay that way.

Sorry, but as you can see I feel quite strongly about it.


What to bring?

If they get you pot-washing, and they probably will as it's a useful experience to get to grips with, bring a pair of rubber gloves otherwise you'll get white wrinkly hands from all the cold water! There are usually lots of pairs around the Diggers' Hut but you can never be sure who wore them last :P

Good luck