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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!

Session 4
Robber trench is a somewhat elastic term. It is hard to imagine any farmer wanting the jumbled and beat up stones in this area. Early antiquary trench? But I thought they mainly headed straight for the interesting stuff like gates and temples/praetoria?

Looking forward to more info, as always after leaving the site.

Badger

Now there's something you don't see every day....
Hey Pete, keep up the good work.

As it happens I drove past a deadster today near Orleans. My Frau would not let me stop for a photo op. I think she is still a bit steamed over my getting the car (slightly) stuck on a cow path while trying to locate a Gallo-Roman cult site. Hey, I pushed it free.....after she tried without success.

Badger

Session 3.1
Two weeks with effectively no time lost to weather. And a digging crew proficient at both excavating and at the Twicey quiz. It does not get much better.

Onward and downward Session Four.

Badger

Session 3.1
The official photo is taken each session. In a bit of a new twist a nice print is available for diggers to purchase.

A few more views from the trench at Detritus

Badger

Session 3.1


Sol Invictus reigned Supreme on site today. In six seasons of digging this time of year today was the first day I walked down the Stanegate in the morning in a t-shirt!

The sun and warmth made for some fascinating headgear choices.

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The classic Indiana Jones...


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A dapper Snowglobe in Foriegn Legionaire garb.

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And an enigmatic muscular fellow channeling Lawrence of Arabia!

Various things popping up around the site...I seem to have a bit of stone column dumped in the saggy portion of my floor.

Badger

Session 3.1
As the above pix show, high skies and spirits on site today. Small finds popping up, usually in the trench of our Dutch colleague! I think the supervisors eventually just gave up and locked the survey range finder on his coordinates.

Floors and walls diving mysteriously.

Personally I spent the day chasing a floor into the depths. My only amusement of the day...

Here is a small find from last year. Made of lead it was probably a pattern for casting bronze versions as good luck charms...

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And today another find. A striking image but made of stone. No artifact this, but a superb example of a naturally formed "mudstone willy"!

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Badger

Session 3.1
As session three seems to be documented in great detail we shall break the weeks into two parts so as to lessen the scrolling required.

Badger and Snowglobe

Now there's something you don't see every day....
I talked Snowglobe into a walking excursion on our off Saturday. South of Hexham there is a difficult to find site called Queen Margaret's Cave. Supposedly after Lancastrian forces were defeated in the Battle of Hexham she and her son the Prince of Wales fled up Dipton Burn. Accosted by robbers the queen was able to shame them into giving her safe shelter in their robbers cave.

Not an easy place to find but we managed after much clamboring about.

Here is Snowglobe doing a creditable Robber imitation:

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This may become a WeDigs walk at some future date, but it is not for the faint hearted or to be attempted in wet weather.

Badger

Session 3
Weather reports proved insufficiently optimistic....a full day of work. The only adverse environmental effects were some lusty renditions of Broadway show tunes rendered in a gargled Geordie accent!


"eeewwwwEEEWWWWkla-hewmma!"

There is general argreement that this garrulous fellow has a promising career on the West End.

Especially on the part of diggers who realize we are now working on the east side of the fort.

Pix by Snowglobe in due course...

Badger

Session 3
Our weather yesterday.....

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I don't have any pictures as good as Snowglobes!

A busy day on site Thursday. There was a nest of activity where the TV crew was working. I am told this is one of those "buy your dream house" programs. Vindolanda was featured as an enticing local attraction. I do hope the eager young couple did not cast eyes upon the Praetorium behind them and think "Oh my, quite the fixer upper".

Another focus of activity at the trench of a first time digger. Always, always the first time digger. Keep an eye on Justin's tweets in days ahead...

Forecast for today, alas.....

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(ducks and dwarves from a mosaic found in Turkey)

Badger

Session 3
Good weather today and steady progress in the upper layers of the site. A few small finds here and there, pot lids, a bit of bronze from a scabbard.

One remarkable thing about excavating at Vindolanda is the variety of people you meet. At the Twice Brewed this morning Pete and I had a conversation with an American oil field worker who came all the way over to see the wall and to visit a whiskey festival up in Scotland. He is, and almost certainly will ever remain, the only person I have even met from Deadhorse, Alaska.

But I topped that by about 9am. Walking up to the site I mentioned to one of the diggers that I was having difficulty placing her accent. Well, it turns out she is from a family that left China ahead of Mao, moved to India, then to Yemen where she was born. Later linguistic embellishments came from living in London and working for an American company with a large operation in my home state of Wisconsin. Oh, and she was educated by Italian nuns......

Snowglobe will post a few pictures by and by. Hopefully less disorienting than the blurred stop motion panorama of yesterday. I am feeling great, no aches and pains to speak of. But nobody is THAT flexible.

Badger