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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 A The Barracks
Manoeuvred into place by some burley fellows it was laid with the back side down onto a padded wooden pallet. Carefully lifted (I can’t bear to look Alex!) on an extending fork lift and taken away down the Stanegate to the museum.
Imagine the scene when (and how) it arrived at the place where it was found.

Area A The Barracks
27th Aug. Moving day for the altar.
Wrapped in bubble wrap it’s ready to go.

Thanks Matt!

Area A Team Photos
Team 23rd-27th August, one day lost because of wet weather. Unfortunately some of the team had to leave early and some missed the last day.

Area B
Hey Harry, your fort maps are great, very helpful.
I used your occupation periods section but hadn't noticed the "400 Years at a Glance" section before. :$ Thanks


Area B
20th Aug. Looking east.
A Severan period ditch cutting through the western rampart wall of period 4/5 forts. Just above the waterline (to the right) thick layers of mud can be seen from successive layers of earth washed into the ditch, so it was probably filled in naturally and fairly quickly.

Area B
20th Aug. Looking north.
A later Severan (Period 6B 208-213 AD) fort ditch, running east/west, cuts through this rampart wall. It's full of water at this time. The out of line gate is further back.

Area B
20th Aug. Looking south.
Period 4/5 forts western defences. (Period 4 105– 122 AD. Period 5 122-140 AD)
Notes are given in good faith but not guaranteed, so here go's :ermm: (I don’t know about the military annex you mentioned David).
These larger forts had stone gateways and rampart support walls with timber and turf walls. Justin thinks the gate is from period 4 fort and was reused for period 5 fort, which was on a slightly different alignment to 4.
The wall and gate misalignment is seen in this photo, which shows the base of the stone gateway with a drain running through, further back is the rampart wall. The gate seems quite narrow, Justin thinks there could have been a double arch but no foundation has yet been found to the north.

Area A The Barracks
23rd Aug. Looking east. Rainy days.
When it really rains and we’re wet enough we have to finish early. :(

Area A The Barracks
20th Aug. Looking east.
From the west rampart, the remaining grass strip between the two areas. On the left the area which was started along the north wall, then worked south, on the right is the main area.

Area A The Barracks
20th Aug. Looking east
Corner junction of the north and west intervallum road. The grass area in the foreground is the top of the west rampart

Area A The Barracks
13th Aug. Looking northeast.
The altar and shrine, south of that the intervallum road. In the foreground a wall and floor of the northern–most row of barracks/ houses.

Area A The Barracks
13th Aug. Looking east.
The large altar, under the blue cover, and rooms inside the north wall. South of these rooms, the intervallum road with a drain. South of the road is the northern-most row of barracks/ houses.

Area A The Barracks
23rd July, looking north.
The row of buildings inside the north wall. In the room next to the shrine one of the raised floor slabs remain. Across the foreground is the south wall fronting on to the inter-vallum road.
Notice the spoil heap in the background :-/

Area A The Barracks
23rd July, looking north-east.
Just inside the north wall, on the left a heated room?, to the right the shrine and large altar.

Area A Team Photos
Team from Area "A" and Area "N"
19th - 23rd July

Area "N" (?)
23rd July. Looking south. The substantial east/west wall extends to the east side of the trench then turns south. Luckily the east wall is just inside the trench, or was that good positioning! :)
In front of that another wall, coming in from the left, turns south under the first and aligns with the line of stones at the far end of the trench.