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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!

Granaries
....and the drain, along the south side. 29th May

Granaries
Work continues outside the south wall of granary, the large stone block is the doorstep. 29th May.

Not the great escape....
....and the area around the drain.

Granaries
A lot of hard graft!! Unfortunately no wall. Trench where the robbed west wall of granary / warehouse was, with raised floor on the right. 27th May

Granaries
South end of granary, looking north. The large stone on the right (with blue pad) was below the doorway. The area under turf on the right is still to be uncovered by those of you coming in the next few weeks, yippy! (27th May)

Granaries
Granary with some of the floor slabs in place. 26th May

Granaries
Granary showing sleeper walls which supported the raised stone flagged floor, the space between these walls allowed under-floor air to circulate. At some time the spaces were packed with earth & rubble. The north end wall has been robbed away, but allows a section through the foundations to be seen. 26th May

Granaries
Passageway between granary (left), & granary / warehouse (right) with the paved road in the foreground. 26th May.

Granaries
Paved road passing the north end of granary / warehouse, looking towards the west gate of fort. 26th May

Not the great escape....
....and the masters B)

Not the great escape....
At Vindolanda a gang were apprehended when caught trying to escape from the south end of the granary site. While other gang members created disturbances by digging up a main road and lying down sunbathing, causing diversions near the main gate, or throwing rocks, six of them, including two ladies, were involved in a daring attempt to escape.
Two, known only as Chris & Les, formed the escape committee who masterminded the idea. Darren “the drain”, Patrick “digger” and Jeanette (who escaped from Pompeii), were almost successful in breaking into the main drain hoping it would lead to freedom under the wall: while the youngest member, :ph43r: Mick, kept a lookout.
On 29th May five of them were sent to more secure institutions for an indefinite time, but they were unrepentant, shouting “It’s so easy here, we’ll be back!” The sixth, believed to be posing as a visitor taking photographs, managed to escape by slipping past the authorities. Rumours say that he was responsible for giving the game away, but these cannot be confirmed.

Photograph shows five of the gang ….

Relaxing
And at the end of the day, at the Twice Brewed, after a weeks good weather.
(May 8th)

Relaxing
Spring at last! relax in the garden, it looks great Chris, (Mr groundsman).
(May 8th)

Relaxing
Andrew's and Justin's teams combined enjoying a break at the lodge B)

AREA B - Early findings
Previous photo May 1st.
Cobbled roads and workshops (May 2nd)

AREA B - Early findings
Area B still very wet, one day lost after heavy overnight rain.