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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!

Our first time!
Hope you left a few odds and ends in the ground for those of us in week 5!

Looking forward to seeing the pictures when you can manage.

As to finds, the policy is not to describe anything of four star historical significance or anything that would be small, metallic, valuable and thus an undue temptation to shady metal detectionists. But whatever else you can share is welcome.

I suppose that with the royal wedding on you could unearth the Ark of the Covenant and not make the BBC!

Tim Wolter

Follow the 2011 dig on twitter
Twitter...pah, more modern time wasting. Although the chaps in the signal tower atop Barcomb Hill would have approved.

As a technologically advanced being I assume, Justin, that you have found a way to replace the little Twitter bird with either:

The head of Mercury, Messenger of the Gods

A Legionary Eagle

A Northumberland mosquito.

See you in 2.5 weeks

Tim Wolter

Let the fun begin!
Regards that wall just to the east of the main road..

A year ago as we uncovered the road we saw a lot of this feature, and it was a vexing puzzle. In general it looked as if a substantial wall had fallen onto the road. Since small finds were few and very worn this suggested a long disused structure collapsing in the post Roman era. But in places it sure looked as if something had been built on top of the road.

Most likely these were "pseudo features", rocks that fall in a rough circle can look like supports for timbers, and a tier that falls over in formation could resemble a threshhold.

Did this become any less confusing? Since the road pavers looked to be more robbed out as you go north I imagine the answer is no.

And was there ever a gutter between the road and the wall? Lack decent drains on the most important road in the place struck me as most peculiar....

Tim Wolter

Let the fun begin!
I had imagined that the next phase would be digging through the floors of 5th c. buildings to see what lies beneath....or is there some other approach?

T Wolter