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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 13
OK, the rain is now officially no longer funny.
I know that spot in Newcastle. Bought a sandwich at the shoppe in the center of the photo on my way to the airport.

T.Wolter

kudos to our intrepid photographer Snowglobe. This has not been an easy two weeks, and his pics are the equivalent of combat photos.

T

Week 13
I feel for the diggers and staffers. How frustrating. I understand that there are restrictions on this sort of thing but one wonders if there could not be some way to dig longer hours when the sun is shining. Long days this time of year...would health and safety regs allow an early evening session after all concerned had rested and hydrated after the labors of the afternoon? Probably not. Or a Saturday session for those able to be there? I know folks staying on for a second week would sure jump at the chance.
Just railing at an often unfair universe.
Probably get the thunderbolt thrown at me next.....

T. Wolter

Week 13
Posted Image

Has Snowglobe offended the gods?

Above is from the reverse of a denarius of Severus Alexander. IOVI PROPUGNATORI means Jupitor the Front Line Fighter.

And he is getting ready to throw another bolt!

Duck!

T.Wolter

Week 13
always remember the text of Vindolanda tablet 234:

"Flavius Cerialis to his September, greetings. Tomorrow, which is 5 October, as you wish my lord, I will provide some goods (?) ... by means of which (?) we may endure the storms even if they are troublesome."


Badger

Week 13
It will be interesting to see how big that water tank really is. From the amount of water going through the site I would have expected something larger.
I must admit to knowing little about roman water tanks....you generally see them in the fort with thin stone upright slabs above the ground. Would a set into the ground one need a pump of some sort?
Dig on.
Yes Snowglobe your pictures are being viewed with envy.
Badger

Week 12
Justin T

We are certainly looking forward to updates on your tour of duty....the late summer weeks so often are less reported upon.

T.Wolter

2012 Excavation Season Group Photographs
It does seem as if Friday afternoons have been a bit more prone to catastrophic rains than the rest of the week.......

T.Wolter

Week 11
Snowglobe
with you in spirit on Sunday, smile in a generally westward direction and think of poor working drudges.
Badger

A day out
Disappointing, but I see the logic at least with the pottery stamps.

Of course this is why we ask first!

T.Wolter

A day out
Malise
I had seen that link.
OK, I'm convinced.

On another topic...

I know you are off site now, but in future seasons I am sure (speaking for Harry here too) that if you were so inclined a new category for WeDig could be started and would be very popular.

From the Washing Shed

Odd graffitti, subtle patterns, stamps, more outre' Samian patterns...

I love that stuff and suspect I am not alone.

Subject to approval of the Wise of course.

Think about it

T.Wolter

A day out
Malise
Interesting stuff.
Me, I want to believe it!
Saxon crosses did get moved around a bit though, a broken up one was found in the river at Haydon Bridge.
I shall do a little more snooping about in available records before impugning the rep. of the illustrious Rev. Hedley!
T.Wolter

A day out
Malise

We may never know.

But if the date of the Saxon cross is that early it would predate all the other stone robbing you mention. Plus, I don't think of Saxons as being adept Latinists-other than their priests who would be appalled at putting pagan altars under a cross! Seems like picking two choice inscriptions by accident is a bit much to swallow..

Mysteries.....

T.Wolter/
Badger

A day out
Malise
It was the Allenbanks walk we were following. Rather soggy given the monsoons...
Regards Belting--gam, I can't think of any plausible way that two presumptive Vindolanda altars end up under that cross without the connivence of Hedley and the vicar!
Archeological scoundrels?
T.Wolter

A day out
Harry was bemoaning the lack of additional local walks on the "What to do" section of Wedig.

Here is a short stroll over to Beltingham Church Yard

Sarcannon and I wandered over there on a Sunday recently....some interesting things to look upon and ponder....

I will compact it into a more organized itinerary in a bit.

T.Wolter

Feedback on weekly trench maps
Have different grids for fort and vicus.

coordinates might read, for inside the fort

F-A6

and for vicus a different grid running something like

V-C7

Many variations possible. We could do Roman numerals if you like a XV

We could revert to the old A for fort and B for vicus system. A/b7 vs B/d4

And we can play bingo.

T.Wolter