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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.

Helen

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.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8633597.stm

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

Regards

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.

Helen

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