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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!

Week 20
Many years ago when they had too much leather to cope with, I was given tuition on how to wash the stuff. All, at that time, done under cold running water (fingers went white after a bit). One day a child's shoe turned up and when I had carefully cleaned it, it was the length of my hand from base of thumb to fingertips - about 6 inches long.

I could see the impression of the toes quite clearly. It was just the shoe sole, nothing else. No, there was no photograph, didn't at the time think I should, so resisted the temptation.

Can still see it now..... on my hand.....hmmm


Volunteer diggers required in Formby
When you've dug it over, perhaps some of your friends should go and 'seed it' with something suitable ... bricks, pot sherds etc then you can Really get your practice in ;)

Ah yes, Time Team - it always seems to be such a surprise to T.T. when they discover that actually they hadn't done their homework either at all or of a sufficient nature to be sure of some reasonably accurate results.

We all sit there and chorus to our screens 'who didn't do the research then!' :D

Volunteer diggers required in Formby
These Community training sessions seem to be taking off - there was one in early summer here in Derby excavating the site of a Georgian building demolished in 1964....which they did find! The Community diggers found some Tudor green pottery and a Georgian wine bottle - empty unfortunately! :D

A lot of people turned up apparently - one of our archaeological society members was there and reported back.

Malise


Volunteer diggers required in Formby
You do need to be on facebook to see the link..... and some of us have never seen the need to join facebook! (or twitter etc etc).

So how about an explanation for those of us dinosaurs, please?

Ta... ever so :D

Malise

Week 19
Entering a little late into the conversation on cameras - in 2009 while on holiday in Scotland the viewer on the back of my Canon camera got broken. I could still take pix but couldn't see the image. On the way home we bought another one, in a rush, you know, one of those quick decisions, and do you know, it is the BEST camera I've ever had.

Canon PowerShot SX200 15, with 12 x optical zoom. It says on the lens ring that it is 12 x 15, with 5.0-60.mm 1:3.4-5.3 . Just over 4inches long and one and a half inch wide. Fits into the pocket, or hand, very nicely. Not very heavy either. And wasn't hugely expensive, around 200.

And most of you have seen the results I get from it. Its good on close-up and zoom. Good clear photographs - even taken on dark rainy days at Vindolanda the camera will make the sky seem summery :D I do a lot of videos on it, too.

Hope this helps a bit with the decision.

Malise