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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 2011 Excavation Season
One hopes for a more detailed wrap up of the 2010 excavations, but the demands of the upcoming season look daunting to our professional colleagues. And I agree, the available information probably precludes a "home-brew" version from WeDig posts.

It just seemed like a season where all the various jumbled layers of occupation peeked out as us randomly on both A and B sites. Much harder to sum up than say, the graneries of two seasons back.

Might we at least hope for the coroner's report on the suspected ancient homicide victim?


The 2011 Excavation Season
It has been very quiet on WeDig of late, our UK members have the excuse of being snowed in!

But the annual report came in the mail yesterday, and it has me warming up a bit.

Since the main research question of the current round of excavations is the relationship 'twixt vicus and fort, I found the bronze griffon a paticularly compelling find. There had been some speculation that it was identical to the ornament in the recently sold Cumbria helmet, and it indeed looks like a dead ringer.

So somebody in the vicus had at least the "hood ornament" of a military parade cavalry helmet.

At one point Justin was trying to persuade us that the vast expanse of cobbles in the vicus was a parade ground, but it would hardly be big enough for cavalry maneuvers.

Tim Wolter

The 2011 Excavation Season


I made my flight reservations yesterday, which warmed my perception of mid winter weather by a good 0.5 degrees.

Tim Wolter