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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!

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Hello Rory.......

I think your name change has to be approved by admin. so watch that space!


Area A. The Barracks
Brits. were outnumbered by a group of Belgian students from Antwerp, who are studying Latin. There were two blokes, the others, nice young ladies! (See photo)
They were very friendly and seemed to enjoy the week; so much so that a rhyming poem, to our esteemed leader & written on a card, was read during the last tea break, a very moving moment. Maybe he just wiped some grit from his eye, but he had to turn away. :$ Probably thinking thank goodness its Thursday! :'(

Photo. 12th Apr. group, on 16th Apr.
Mmm…. I thought there were more than this when we started.
The young man at the back, behind hatman, is son of Kate (2008 “calendar girl” Kate!) on the right

Area A. The Barracks
16th Apr. looking north on the road.
The circular stone photo goes off to the left.

Area A. The Barracks
First week Apr.12th, a very enjoyable week with good weather, cool winds but dry, not like the snow & freezing wind of last year.
Continued going north in the barracks excavations uncovering more walls, floors & the western inter-vallum road (north/south). I, (sorry Sion). We were working at the western side between the fort’s west wall & the inter-vallum road. Some remaining floor slabs with possibly a hearth pit in the floor, stopped short of an east / west wall.
A flat, roughly circular stone lay on this floor level & there was charcoal in the floor pit. In the rubble above the floor, an assortment of nails, an amount of bones, some large, were mixed in with wall stones. There were some very small pieces of glass, as well as more interesting things!
Photo.16th Apr. looking north, fort wall in background left. charcoal area to left of circular stone.

Too late??
look on the Vindolanda website (shop > application to excavate > dates available) there are still weeks available in May/June. Do it! :)

Area A 2009
How about this weather! quite a difference from Easter 2008. These are some of of the Belgian students airing their new T-shirts. We haven't seen any Belgian chocolate yet, must be saving it for later in the week. Hope it doesn't get too much warmer because it could just melt. :unsure:

That's right Harry, looking about south-east. Granaries are just off right of pic. across the main east- west road.