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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!

20th Annual Charity Concert
Hi Sue

Hope you and family are keeping well. Just a short note to let you know we've purchased 4 tickets for the Essentially English concert on 8 July 2012. Really looking forward to going, we haven't been to the Phil for ages. Will spread the word round friends/family/work colleagues.

Keep up the good work!

Best wishes
Dilys (and Jim) :)

Collapse of wall at Pompeii
Hi Harry

Hope you are keeping well.

Re: Pompeii -Jim and I came back from southern Italy on 18 April 2012, first proper holiday we have had in years as we have usually spent all our leave digging at V. We spent two full days at Pompeii and one full day at Herculaneum. Of the two sites, we felt Herculaneum was the more interesting. Unfortunately, at both sites there were quite a few areas closed to the public - they were also probably the best bits as well. At Pompeii we were very surprised and I have to say disappointed in particular to see so much rubbish on site, mostly left by workmen, couldn't believe it - mastic tubes, rubble, you name it, it was there. We couldn't understand why workmen didn't clear up after themselves and why the site didn't employ someone literally to go through the full site clearing away believe it or not visitor rubbish. We were interested to see workmen at Pompeii consolidating a wall, they appeared to be making a right mess of it and it looked very much as though they weren't using lime mortar like Geoff and Kenny who I have to say are doing an absolute sterling job on site at V working very hard with results that are really professional. Looking at the Telegraph article you cited, having seen Pompeii myself in the flesh, I'm not surprised that having been uncovered and open to the elements, that parts are literally falling down. You're quite right, if they don't do something soon, it won't be there for future generations to see and marvel at.

Re digging this last week, Jim, myself and David worked on our first day (Mon 30 Apr) on the massive slab unearthed the previous Friday. Digger came in the afternoon to lift the slab, unfortunately nothing was underneath, another connundrum to figure out. Why did the Romans do these things? Tuesday to Friday was spent clearing through Eric Birley's 1930s excavation, most was backfill but we finally got to the original clay underneath which was good and combined with David's portion (which was rounded in design and quite spectacular) showed where wooden beams would have been laid as foundations - Andy theorised that this could possibly have been for the first wooden fort, it could even be evidence of pre-Roman settlement, ? round house (David's theory) or animal enclosure, however, more will obviously need to be uncovered for Andy/Justin to have a clearer view - a case of 'watch this space' - very interesting. I'll ask Jim to put some photos on to show both trenches. Apparently when Eric excavated the area in 1930s, he apparently finally finished in the Autumn stating in his diary the reason being due to flooding in that area. Luckily for us we now have pumps to take the water out! Both trenches did flood on occasions, David's trench much more so, however, overall and despite this, weather-wise we were very lucky to have a dry week, the first so far and long may it continue facilitating real progress for Andy. We are back at the end of this month so will be able to see what's happened in the intervening period.

As an aside, as usual, we visited RAM on Saturday coming home and were very pleased at the changes that have been made since we last visited. RAM has truly become, in its own right, a real treasure of information about the life of the Roman soldier for both adults and children. We always tell friends/family etc who are visiting the area to go to RAM first then onto Vindolanda as it gives a good entree to the Trust and helps put its work into context.

Best wishes
Jim and Dilys :)