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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!

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Roman Britain novels - a survey
Reviving an old thread for a bit...

This is a website of a woman who writes fiction about dark age Britain and seems to take her research seriously. Worth a read for the stuff on York, Binchester and Birdoswald.

Thinking of digging, what I see out my window is not nearly as green as what Hadriana has been photographing recently.....

I bet she does not even own a snow shovel.

T. Wolter

Antioch floor mosaic
I have read that the Madaba mosaic was basically an early tourists map of the Holy Land for the benefit of pilgrims wanting to visit sites associated with the life of Christ. Too bad a section is missing. I would love to see it.

T. Wolter

Antioch floor mosaic
From my reading a mosaic floor was a pretty pricey item, and dependent on the local availability of skilled craftsmen. A waterlogged fort overlooking the barbaric border would be unlikely to have anything of that sort. The commander's house of some of the earlier stage forts had some decent decorative stuff, but a mosaic floor would be a quantum leap up.


Vindolanda iPad app
The Roman Empire was famous for its tolerance of all beliefs.

But this ain't Rome, and I and my technoAmish brothers reject these devilish implements.

What, you thought the beard was just for lookin' good?

Tim Wolter

From the archive
From previous year's experience I think detailed photos of the North field will be discouraged.

As to exactly where trenches will be opened up, well, Vindolanda has a way of surprising all concerned.


And for two weeks in May my blog will be live from the Twice Brewed Inn. In fact I got into blogging as an offshoot of my previous multi-recipient emails from the same friendly confines.


Binchester This is the Binchester website. It is not updated very often in the off season, but can be quite a bit of fun when the dirt is actually flying. Or given the meticulous nature of the excavations, when the dirt is methodically being moved about.


From the archive
Regarding that mound.
It was known to be a spoils heap from an earlier era of excavation. No artifacts to be found there at all. It had acquired a few neutral to negative nicknames. The Vindolanda Carbuncle. Meercat Manor.
So Kevin the then volunteer was assigned to excavate it. Carefully. Even though there should not have been, and was not, anything to find.
Well, our boy from North of the Wall labored manfully for an entire week at it. On the last day I came over and asked him to pose in a manor that really expressed his true feelings about the mound.

He unzipped his fly and turned to face it!

Since I can't show you that picture here is his second best effort!