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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!

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A virtual walk around Pompeii
I expect to be polishing cobbles for Justin one week from today.

The early pictures seem to show just as many as we found last year!

Tim Wolter

A virtual walk around Pompeii
Looks about 50:50 for a Sunday night flight, my great concern is that there will be some sort of daylight only or low altitude provisions that will nix the deal.
And if after our arriveal Katla can't behave herself I guess my brother and I will get a room at the hostel and start looking for a tramp steamer heading west!
Tim Wolter

A virtual walk around Pompeii
For those of us wondering if our Vindo trip will be cancelled by volcanic activity, some ageless wisdom from the letters of Pliny the Younger to Tacitus on the eruption of Vesuvius.

"Now came the dust, though still thinly. I look back: a dense cloud looms behind us, following us like a flood poured across the land. "Let us turn aside while we can still see, lest we be knocked over in the street and crushed by the crowd of our companions."

Even if we sneak through on one of the first flights moving I expect airplanes to be full of crabby people, so the crushed by companions part is not implausible.

Iceland has caused quite enough trouble of late, thank you very much.

Tim and Fred Wolter

2010 excavations forum
hippacrocrapig (interesting nom de cursor that) welcome indeed.

There tends to be a lapse of a few days to eternity for the posting of pictures. Most people have to get back home and get their lives back off vacation before posting. The invaluable Michael lives locally.

Vindo is that rarest of experiences, a true adventure in the modern world. I was pretty astounded after my first visit, and am gearing up for my third. I shall be applying trowel to cobblestones in area B in 16 days.

In addition to photos, WeDiggers live for digging accounts. Tell us what you can!

But keep a couple guidelines in mind.

Items of genuine archeological import, like last years altar, should be announced to the world at the discretion of, and in person by, the Vindolanda Trust. Don't even tease us with hints.

And, be very careful when discussing anything that might attract shady night time metal detectionist raiders. Its ok to mention pottery shards, bones, features like roads and foundations.

Not ok to mention if you found a hoard of aurei!

Borderline call: small late roman coinage. I think its ok to say you found some of this stuff, but I would add that there were nails everywhere!

Did they find that north south road yet?

Tim Wolter

Area A. April / May 2010
Michael, great pictures, keep it up!

Those of us who try to follow from afar are ever in your debt. And debtors should be undemanding, yet if I might make a request?
An occasional shot from further back might help us figure out where the trenches lie in respect to other landmarks.

See you in under three weeks, and the first pint is on me!

Tim Wolter