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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!

The barracks
The passageway between buildings, these walls are built over an earlier wall running at right angles. 21st Aug.

The barracks
Looking west along the road edge. 21st Aug.

The barracks
Looking from the road, the outer wall of the heated room in the foreground, the back wall and passageway is just in front of Ken. Can’t say what Trudy is doing, (if you’re watching, hello Trudy!). :) 21st Aug.

The barracks
Barracks in the foreground, looking south across the road to the Granaries.
15th Aug.

The barracks
Progress moving north of the heated room. 15th Aug.

A side-trip
Sorry, my links hav'nt worked for some unknown reason. :(

A side-trip
You’ve missed it for this year, but you might like to know ……
Whitley Castle (Roman name thought to be Epiacum) is positioned roughly midway along the Maiden Way, the Roman road between Bravoniacum (Kirkby Thore) and Carvoran. The site was the venue for a walk and talk as one of the many events (for day-offs or non-digging partners?) organised by the North Pennines AONB Partnership. (www.northpennines.org.uk)

Sat 9 Aug 2pm – 5pm 2008
Whitley Castle: A Walk through Time (link to events program - north pennines events)
North Pennines AONB Partnership & English Heritage
Join archaeologists Stewart Ainsworth (English Heritage/TimeTeam) and Paul Frodsham (AONB Partnership) for a walk around the remarkably well-preserved but little known
Roman fort of Whitley Castle. We will focus on the fort, but will also discuss the development of the local historic landscape from the end of the Ice Age through to the present day. (Photo at English Heritage-Whitley Castle)

This event will possibly be repeated in 2009. A short book about the site by Alastair Robertson is available (price £3-50). Alastair is someone with a general interest, “but without specialist knowledge”. Just like me…..
Michael.

Granaries
Drains joining at the southwest corner of the granaries. 28th Aug.

Granaries
.....and muddy!

Granaries
More pictures of the “chunnelers”, it’s not easy sorting through mud, & it’s all bucket work between the walls. They’ve all worked very hard over the weeks since June. 27th Aug.

Granaries
I think, er maybe, did it look better with the channels filled-in? Mmm, but after some thought, maybe not. 27th Aug. :ph43r:

Granaries
Work continues clearing out the channels & taking soil samples. Sieving is not possible because the weather has been very wet, crawling under the floor slabs must be very difficult & muddy “clarty” work. There was a young man working in the “chunnel” with a head torch for light! 27th Aug.

Granaries
Looking north, along the east side of the granary, wet weather. 18th Aug.

Granaries
Where did August go!
On the floor, just rehearsing a new routine? :huh: 15th Aug.

The barracks
Passageway to the north of the Centurion’s heated room. On the right, a wall of the next building. It’s the last afternoon of the week & everyone’s very busy looking for that last treasure. :unsure: 7th Aug. 08

The barracks
Outside the heated room, on the right, possibly a stokehole changed to a water tank (the stones set on edge with flat top). The walls are built over flagstones of the earlier 3rd century barracks. 7th Aug. 08

The barracks
4th century Centurion’s house, in the foreground a heated room with raised floor supports. 28th July 08

The barracks
Walls starting to take shape. 23rd July 08 :huh:

The barracks
Looking towards the west gate. 22nd July