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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!

"AAAA Team" alias "Human JCBs"
Thanks for that Nic, although I think the ground appears to be quite muddy at least in the vehicle tracks B)

"AAAA Team" alias "Human JCBs"
Yes Harry it was a bit of a mess with all those vehicle tracks and mud. I am hoping someone will come up with a date as there was no message or postmark on the reverse. I am keeping my eyes peeled for more postcards etc of the site in our charity shops.
:)
Bryan

"AAAA Team" alias "Human JCBs"
I hope that I am not boring everyone with the pictures. I will post just one more for now. This is a feature I spotted on the other side of the wall, beyond Saughy Rigg Farm, near Caw Burn. Have any of you any views on what it may be? I know that there are roman aquaducts in that area but it looks quite interesting.

"AAAA Team" alias "Human JCBs"
I found this old postcard of the site any ideas on a date?

"AAAA Team" alias "Human JCBs"
And another. Hope you find these of interest.

"AAAA Team" alias "Human JCBs"
Perhaps they were tally marks? There were more than this, both on the roman quarry and the later one.
Here is another picture of quarry marks from the later workings

"AAAA Team" alias "Human JCBs"
Our lumpy little friend should be enjoying the wet weather. Hope you are not getting too bored dodging the downpours? What do you think of these marks on the rocks of the Barcombe quarry?

The Severan period
Perhaps the roundhouses were used by local "medicine men/priests" or as I think Andy has suggested by " African" members of the forces who preferred the more traditional shaped accomodation? They could indeed have had some religious or spiritual significance?
Bryan :unsure: <_<

Drainage!!!!
For some reason my message was cut short. I feel sorry for the poor souls over the last couple of weeks but it is nice to see them smiling on the team photos. Keep emptying out the water and keep your heads up.
Bryan :)

Drainage!!!!
Hi everyone I should think Justin wishes we had unblocked more of the drains and ditches in area B and found some in area A for Andy. Hope the weather is improving, well it is nearly summer, isn't it?

"AAAA Team" alias "Human JCBs"
Just thought some of you might like to see the Midlands answer to the "Angel of the north". This statue stands just outside Brownhills, in an old coal mining area of Cannock Chase. Not too far from my childhood village.

"AAAA Team" alias "Human JCBs"
I did an extra day with the team before moving on to area B and the others had been joined by four more team members.
Here is Sue,Kate and Robin discussing the wall in the enlarged trench.

"AAAA Team" alias "Human JCBs"
I would like to introduce you to the smallest member of the team, or should I say he would have been if he had made it on to site.
Before leaving my accomodation one morning I was putting on my boots when my left foot would not go in to my boot.
I reached in thinking I had left a rolled up sock in there over night. Imagine my surprise when I pulled out Mr Toad, alive but a little sleepy. He must have climbed in to get warm overnight.

"AAAA Team" alias "Human JCBs"
The supercharged team leader of the HJCBs takes his pick to extend the trench.

"AAAA Team" alias "Human JCBs"
Want more?
Looks like the 80 year old mystery is solved!

"AAAA Team" alias "Human JCBs"
I would like to thank the team lead by Matt for being great trench buddies and Andy, Beth and Robin for the encouragement! B)
The turf cutters, Pam and Kate. Who needs Alan Titchmarch?

"AAAA Team" alias "Human JCBs"
That was the first day view of the wall. So now I have worked out how to post pictures here are some more. :rolleyes:
Kate "look what we found"

"AAAA Team" alias "Human JCBs"
Hi everyone just thought it was about time I put a couple of pictures on here. Having had a fantastic two weeks from 20th May to 2nd June, both in areas A and B.
Highlight, well finding the Antonine fort wall of course.
Pardon the pun! :lol: