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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!

New Digger's Guide section: "A Bag of 'Typical' Finds"
That’s great Harry, really useful as most of the items found are pieces of pottery. Being able to identify the different types and all the different rim/cross-section shapes would be useful to us and add to the interest. (but then we'd all be experts!)
Then there's that mouse-over / highlight thing
How do you do that ?? :blink:

Area "N" (?)
16th July. Towards the northern end. A well constructed stone wall, the stones are well dressed and the visible bottom two courses are wider. Beyond that, just visible on the right, is another rough looking wall. Behind that is a section of clay and at the far end is the well.

Area "N" (?)
16th July. The last day of the week. The line of rough boulders; at the far end on the left between two flat slabs, there is a band of yellowish clay which appears to curve around and possibly continue on to the right side of those boulders. A heavy rain shower prevented a good clean-up of the surface, so that will have to be done next week.

Area "N" (?)
15th July. Looking north. Large stone slabs bottom right. To the left running north, a line of rough boulders, perhaps a foundation for a timber wall? Notice the “executive wheelbarrow” in the background. A small amount of pottery of different types was found but mostly in small pieces.

Area "N" (?)
13th July. Ah well, in the north-west corner. Looks like there is a field drain through at about 1.5 m depth. Beth seemed to enjoy digging that, well dug Beth!

Area "N" (?)
13th July. A line of clay in the foreground then a substantial stone wall running east/west. Unfortunately nothing of any value or useful for dating has been found.
Looking south towards the main site, the replica turret is just visible.

Area "N" (?)
13th July. Large stone slabs in the southwest corner, not far below the surface level.

Area "N" (?)
12th July. Pastures new! the first day in Area “N”,
with sheep, cows and a bull. They didn’t come near us, we had Trudi in our group, a farmer moved the cattle away from the area to another field. The sheep don't seem interested at all. :D

The area is near the diggers lodge, and the length of the area is aligned to the west of north, similar to the fort walls. The turf had been stripped off, that was a good start.
In the top soil were pieces of modern glazed pot, white clay smoking pipe stems and a decorated pipe bowl, interesting, but not Roman. In the SW corner, large rectangular stones (170~200 mm thick) were soon uncovered. Photo at finishing time, looking slightly west of north, just showing one of those stones in front of the person in the foreground.

Altar Discovery!!!
That’s great Lyn, not bad going for your first visit! (First dig??) Amazing just how close to the surface you were there, and how the altar survived in such a good state of preservation considering gouge marks on other stones, all over the site, from farming over the years.
Thanks for the photos,

Michael.

Tim,
The area where the altar was found, along the north wall, was started about mid May from the north-west corner. Maybe Andrew couldn’t wait to see what was in that corner? There is approximately 11 metres of grass remaining between the two areas.

Altar Discovery!!!
The inscription.

I O M
DOLOCHENO
SULPICIUSPU
DENSPRAEF
COHIIIIGALL
V S L M

I. O. M. (to) JUPITER OPTIMUS MAXIMUS
(JUPITER BEST AND GREATEST)
DOLOCHENO (of Dolichenus)
(by) SULPICIUS PUDENS PREFECT
COHORT 4 GAULS
V. S. L. M.
VOTUM SOLVIT LIBENS MERITO (FREELY AND WILLINGLY FULFILLED HIS VOW)

Altar Discovery!!!
The altar was found next to a small shrine just inside the fort’s north wall.

Altar Discovery!!!
Pictures of the larger altar discovered on 30th June dedicated to Jupiter Dolichenus by Sulpicius Pudens commanding officer of the forth cohort of Gauls.