Welcome Guest [Log In] [Register]

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!

Digging in summer
Absolutely - a sunhat is essential (even for keeping off the rain!!).
Also, it is a good idea to put suncream on the small of the back. When you are on your hands and knees all day you don't notice the gap between tee-shirt and waistband getting cooked. I had a bright red stripe across my back last year which I didn't notice until I took a bath that evening. Ouch.

Hedley pitches to the Society of Antiquaries
I'd just like to say a big THANK YOU to you SacoHarry for posting these items. They are really interesting and useful. I had no idea so much was now available on line. It is fascinating to compare what the early antiquarians saw and thought with what is to be seen now. So much lost, yet so much has since been revealed. Thanks again, Helen

Digging in summer
Hi Vix
The only thing I would add to your list is a pair of good gardening gloves. It is surprising how quickly you can get blisters on your hands without them if you are not used to using a trowel. Look for a pair that permit you to pick up small items when necessary. Some make you a bit clumsy. Tools such as trowels, buckets, spades and kneeling mats are kept at Vindolanda so you don't need to bring your own unless, for example, you have your own personal favourite trowel that you have used on other digs. I tend to rely on finding what I need in the shed. The other thing I take every day is a chocolate bar for tea break, because I know I will need an energy boost. But that is just me. Have a great time digging at Vindolanda.