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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!

Pottery ID
And now YOU have me visualizing a chalet, instead of something more akin to a potting shed.

T.Wolter

Vindolanda Excavation Expansion
Mike
I have always looked up at Barcome and wished I had an excuse to walk it. Not sure which weeks I will be on site, but if we overlap count me in.

Andy
I think people can be forgiven for thinking some of the proposed changes might impact 2011. After all, the switch to a M-Fri. schedule and the apparent concentration on Site A are on for the year ahead, no?
I think concerns are mostly just a measure of the irrational affection we have for the place.
And regards cost issues, for those of us coming from overseas the airfare is the major expense. If Vindo has need to charge us a bit more that is not a problem.
Tim Wolter

Human remains found - murder victim
Andy
Would you object if at some point in the future we set up a small shrine to the archeological Laertes at the Twice Brewed? We could pour a small libation off the top of our pints in your august memory.

Just give the word.

Tim Wolter

Vindolanda Excavation Expansion Resourcing
Fiona

Photoshop is too complicated. I just resize with Paint.
right click on photo. take the Open With Option and click on paint. then hit resize. It starts at 100, I knock down the percentage a time or two to get the desired size. Then save. Then post.
But there are likely other ways to do this. File size of 200 to 250k fits just fine.

Tim Wolter

Vindolanda Excavation Expansion Resourcing
I would be delighted to walk you through the photo process. The key is reducing the photo size. Your basic digital camera takes huge multi meg photos which need to be reduced to around 250 kb. for posting. Really not difficult....

Tim Wolter

Human remains found - murder victim
If you have located the Area B threat you note the controversy of whether those rare "right angled" structures in the west end of the site were cyst graves or pits for industrial purposes. The lack of any human remains suggests either the latter option, or that human bones and teeth did not survive well in surface layers. And of course, the area outside the fort was likely plowed with even greater vigor than inside, so surface disturbance would be greater out in the cemetaries.

I did not mention the wildly divergent estimates of how many graves there likely were. Lets just say....lots.

The archeology of human remains has come a very long way in recent years, so we might be dealing with some "old school" thinking. See the recent analysis of the body found at Stonehenge? Isotope analysis indicates a Mediterranean origin. Ten years ago to make the same call you would have to find a purse of greek drachmas buried too!

Tim Wolter

ps go to archeology and general excavation heading. click on same. fifth discussion down.

Human remains found - murder victim
I once asked Justin where the cemetaries were and he gestured vaguely towards the area adjacent to the Stanegate as it heads west. Probably heavily plow damaged, and in his opinion not of enormous archeological import. (both for the damage and the monotony of lower class grave goods). I think this is backed up by early archeology accounts of the area. Now of course finding bones means full stop, so there is a concerted effort to avoid them. There is a discussion of some Area B possible graves somewhere back in the 2009 threads.

Beyond this I defer to The Wise.

Tim Wolter