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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!

Causeway House
I was thinking the same as you Kate. It would make a great base for digging but I dont know if I could cope with the long walk every morning and evening. Another problem is that Justin might pop in at 7am for a bacon butty and Andrew would probably drive past at high speed with a loud blast of his horn. Sorry chaps I didn't mean it!!! :lol:

Thoughts from 2007 season
I must add my thanks to everyone at V for all thier help and encouragement. Andy, Justin, Beth and Robin are such an inspiration to us all. It was great getting to know everyone and forming a well oiled excavation team, not in the alchoholic sense, hic!!!!
I can't wait to get back next year. I would like to give a special thank you to my fellow members of the "Human JCBs", Matt, Kate and Pam, and to the team that joined them in the second week. Also to the Area B team lead by Justin, whom I worked with.
Vindolanda has rekindled my interest in Roman period and has taught me to think hard about the links between the native inhabitants and the Roman administration.
Once again thanks to everyone in the Vindolanda family and I hope there will be many new people joining us.
Bryan :rolleyes: :D

Roman Wells?
Thanks Andy. We may be going to re-think the dating as most of pot now appears to be iron age ( Durotrigian, forms.
I will keep you posted.

Roman Wells?
Hi Sue and Matt nice to hear from you.
I will answer Sue first, the "well" is on the Isle of Purbeck not far from Swanage and there are a number of other features in the field, including a Roman barn and a couple of Iron Age roundhouses. These were excavated a number of years ago by Southampton University. Part of the barn structure is still exposed.
To answer Matt, I must say that we thought of that, but it is really too big for that purpose and there were only very few seeds found and these were inside two cow skulls. One would expect a lot more from a grain store.
We are of the opinion that it may have been a water storage tank, collecting rain and run-off water from the top of the hill. There may also have been some sort of channel running into it, at some stage of its use, as there is a large piece of pottery wedged between the stones, about half way up. The stones around it appear to have been placed there in a more haphazard way, as if filling a hole.
There were also some strange pieces of pottery found towards the bottom, they were base shards with holes drilled in them, some with 3 and some with 5.
One theory is that these may have been part of pots used to get the water from the well. The water would have entered the pot through the holes when it was lowered but when it was pulled out those holes would be covered and sealed by flat stones placed inside the pot, thus acting as a kind of valve.
What do you guys think?
B) Bryan

Roman Wells?
Hi everyone I have been working on a small excavation on a Roman/Iron Age site in Dorset and we have discovered a well-like structure. It had been filled with Stone, soil, bone and pottery after it went out of use. It is approx 1.6 m deep and 1.5 m in diameter. The walls are built of local limestone but the lower half has large upright stones. The base is again of limestone slabs, which may be the natural bedrock. There is no obvious source for the water which may have filled it as it is on top of a hill and does not penetrate the water table.
Has anyone encountered a similar construction? What were the wells like at Vindolanda?
I have attached a photograph

Sounds like fun Matt. The weather here in Bournemouth has been pretty hot and sticky and I have been digging roman wells, roman/Iron age graves and even neolithic houses. Will tell you more at a later date.
Would love to see any photos of the pots which you have been finding as I have a volume about american pottery styles and fabrics.
Speak to you all again soon
Bryan :rolleyes: B)