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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!

Area B
Regards Area B, we are not being coy*. Its just that in recent weeks there has been little dramatic to photograph. Soon that may change. For now, Justin's photos of the area I referred to as "Cobbletina's Shrine" are superior to anything I took.

And as you know, there is a general prohibition on mentioning any specific cool Small Finds.

T.Wolter

*although the site is so poorly drained that when it rains we do resemble Koi.

This is the End, My Friend...
The barracks block under excavation in area A was certainly in use in the 4th century, maybe into the 5th? The upper layers have scarce finds, the pottery and coinage is felt to be "residual" from earlier times. But they kept the streets repaired and the drains cleaned out to the end. And they apppear to have retained some skills, like making nails.

T.Wolter

Area A The Barracks
If you like pick axe pix.....

I tell my non digging friends that the area cleared behind me was a good morning's work, time for tea.

T.Wolter

Area A. The Barracks
Finds were numerous on Site A last week. Sorry for the need to be a bit close mouthed.

Where I was digging was on the surface of the last road on the site, and in an adjacent drain. This was mostly "residual" finds, stuff knocking around in the last Roman era and on into the Dark Ages. It was a nice surprise that some of this was preserved, perhaps the formidable stone walls discouraged plowing to some extent.

Not sure if I advanced the cause of Romano British scholarship too far, but one odd bronze (possibly enameled) object did come up from the road surface. It would be interesting to know what it turns out to be.

Fun stuff on the other end of the site too.

When the pictures are posted you will note that Andrew had a good sized cohort to command, and remarkably, all Vindolanda veterans.

Tim Wolter

Area B 2009
Back from back to back sessions, first on Area B, then on A.

B is the more interesting, enigmatic site, theories of what we are seeing are in constant evolution.

Harder work, and so far scarce with the finds. Partly of course, due to the initial trenches of 09 effectively coming down on top of a major road intersection.

Justin, maybe you could mark the putative road edges with colored tape to help orient things? You could certainly move them every few days!

Fair skies and straight walls.

Tim Wolter