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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!

Area B blog, late April 2010
Hi Badger

Glad to hear you made it across the pond and that you are finding more than cobbles.

Not sure about that definition of a spindle whorl though.

As I understand it a spindle whorl is a perfectly circular object with a whole dead centre and was used with a stick through it for drop-spinning. (see first two attachments)

Weights for holding down loose ends of yarn while weaving (loom-weights) are sometimes the same shape but do not have to be so perfectly round and balanced. Sometimes they triangular or just large pebbles (see attachments 3 and 4).

Either way, a cobble with a hole in it is a lot better to find than one without.


A virtual walk around Pompeii
Good News

UK Airports are open again, although there still may be some restrictions. The dust is still there but there has been a rethink about the risks it poses.


Badger, I hope this means you will get over to Vindolanda.


Helen and Michael

The joys and pitfalls of studying Wall history
Wonderful stuff. Thirlwall Castle must derive its name from "Thrylwal" I suppose.

For anyone who hasn't come across it yet and is interested in the observations of our predecessors, may I recommend an excellent little book by William D Shannon called "Murus ille famosus (that famous wall)"?

It is subtitled "Depictions and Descriptions of Hadrian's Wall before Camden" and I found it very interesting indeed. Lots of lovely old maps and quotations. ISBN 9781873124451.


2005-6 excavation report
Hi Cynic
You can buy them directly from Vindolanda.
If you log onto www.vindolanda.com and click on "Shop" you will find the 2003-2004 and 2005-2006 excavation reports for sale at 20.00 each (plus postage). This might seem a lot but they were 35.00 when they first came out and there is a lot of reading in them. If you are a "Friend of Vindolanda" and can manage to get to one of the museum shops, you can buy them there for 10% less. They sometimes have copies of ealier reports too. Reports for subsequent years are eagerly anticipated, but I think the Heritage Lottery Fund Application has had to take priority. Hope you find them all as fascinating as I did. Helen