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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!

Week 5
Pete, if you email me a couple of the real goodies I could likely wrestle them onto the site tomorrow.
Harry has taught me in the ways of file management.

Tim Wolter

When worlds collide
Getting ready both for digging and for the Twicey Pub/music quiz!

In the Diggers Shed

Badger
(no, not me in the far right of the photo, but we all had mustaches like that in the 70's)

Week 4
Having dug with Justin for several seasons I can say that looks like a typical vicus road.

I used to loathe cobbles, but on occasion you do find interesting bits in amongst them.

T.Wolter

Week 4
Yes, I had noticed the 0% chance of rain on the ten day forecast for May 6th. But had not wanted to jinx things by saying anything.

I also note some hardy souls were wellie deep in ditch mud even when the skies were only light grey. Ditch digging is a different thing from the usual scratching.

Could you post an update on this next week? I won't make my final packing decisions until Friday, but would be embarrassed to admit how early I tossed the first few items in the backpack!

T.Wolter

ps, sorry to see on a different thread that you are on oxygen. I mean, you were a rickety old chap when last we met, and must have declined significantly in the interval! :P

Week 4
I am pondering my gear for week 6. short boots, taller boots, wellies, hip waders.......

T.Wolter

Train station
Pete I walked from Twicey to Bardon Mills last year. I can't tell if you are coming from there or from the Hedley? Looks to be about 2 miles plus, the road is a bit snakey. 45 minutes from Hedley if you mean business? I think Nigel might be there next week, he's a good sport about rides.

T.Wolter

Vindolanda Photography workshop - May 23rd
Oy, Colin, yet more fun stuff happening just after I leave the site. You taunt me, sir, taunt me.

Tim Wolter

Diggers Soon To Be Redundant
cryoturbation is a fairly good pun.

but I was actually wondering if all those coffee stirring sticks were buried by something larger than rodents.

got any javelinas in Northumberland?

Badger

Diggers Soon To Be Redundant
Well, I recall a time a few years back where a crack squad of diggers was set to unearth a bit of road. While they were assured that this area had not seen the light of day since the 5th century there sure were a lot of coffee stirrers in one area.

"Rodents, yes, rodents", they were told with straight face! :D

Badger

Week 3
looking forward to seeing the pix.

nobody got heat stroke in week three I guess..

T.Wolter

Vindolanda +
Hey Sunny

We are digging the same weeks. Weekend plans are always weather dependent, and will involve no shopping, but likely a bit of walking.


T.Wolter

Clean Tools
Justin

I think everything is fine except perhaps the trowels. And there you have a lot of personal preference involved.

I was kind of kidding about the tools being conserved from the Antonine era.

Now, if an extra 10 or so quid got me a Vindolanda fleece I would go for it!

I thing the discussion veered off when the issue of taking care of your own tools vs shoddy treatment of the common pool.

Tim Wolter

Clean Tools
I would be remiss if I did not mention that the equipment supplied by the Vindolanda Trust tends to be a bit battered and worn down. For those who speculate that some of the more hideous specimens are in fact Roman artifacts conserved and re-used, well, I can see your point.

Regards trowels in particular, some of the veteran ones are worn down to stubs. I for one am not going to stroll out onto the site and have somebody-yes, I'm lookin' at you Snowglobe-say "Badger, pretty small tool, old boy".

Gloves are worthwhile for warmth, if you don't like dirt why go out of your way to play in it?

Usually I and whoever I am paired with for digging just chuck all our tools in one of the larger buckets and mark it with a bandanna or gloves on the handle. That way we get the tools back in whatever state we likes 'em. A full tidy up and the end of the week of course.

T.Wolter

Week 2
Why, it looks to me as if the wheelbarrow run goes over paved path most of the way!

Diggers will be getting soft....

T.Wolter

2012 Barcombe Hill walk
I wandered around up there on a between weeks Saturday last year. Assuming you walk from Vindo (the alternative being a drive partway up the south face) its pretty darn steep. And I have to admit I was not sure what I was looking at most of the time.

Tim Wolter

Week 1
Sol Invictus?

TW

Week 1
Kate

Love the updates! I am on the plane one month from today.

One small suggestion. Your avatar is bolts of lightning on a stormy day. Can you change this before my two weeks on site?

Superstitiously yours

Tim Wolter

Clean Tools
I have a solution, at least for myself.

I travel from the states with carry on only, so have always had to use the Vindo tools. This year I am just going to have a new trowel delivered to the Hedley Center a few days before I arrive. I found a place in the UK that has very reasonable prices.

So my trowel will be in whatever state I wish it to be.

And at the end of the trip it will go in the bag of kit that I keep in the attic of the Twice Brewed Inn awaiting my return!

Tim Wolter

Week 1
I was looking at Harry's sketch and hoping the digging would go in that direction.

So much Terra Incognito on the edges of maps....

Tim Wolter