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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 Team Photos
Justin
Jul 25 2009, 11:01 AM
Week 17.

So we appear to have started digging in the tropics. Guaranteed rain every day at much the same time meaning frustration for all as we bucketed sponged and pumped water out of the trench only to see it flood back in. So a huge thank you to this weeks crew who cheerfully endured all of this, plus my bad moods and cursing of the weather too. Bizarrely enough we managed to achieve a great deal with a new road, cobbled needless to say, and post holes, floors etc from later vicus structures as well. I thoroughly enjoyed the humour in the trench this week and special mention must be made to mssrs Bunsen and Beaker who kept us all well amused with various pieces of wit and wisdom. Good luck to Beaker especially in his new career as a priate on the great Accountan sea. London won't know what's hit it. Good luck and I hope you enjoy it although I suspect you have missed your vocation in life as a cake tester for Mr Kipling!
Justin

Might the malarial miasmas arising from the Great Northumbrian Jungle be getting to you? Never before in the history of the English language has there been an oblique reference to the Muppet Show and a Freudian typo referencing Priapus occurring in a single sentence!

Tim Wolter

advance warning, I have my brother talked into a trip next spring. We shall lift more barrows and pints than the rest of the crew combined.

Altar Discovery!!!
Thanks Lyn, that explains it.

Thinking about it a bit more, it would have had to weigh a great deal more than 1.5 tonnes to prevent Andy and Justin heaving it upright to see what was on the back side!

Tim Wolter

Altar Discovery!!!
I am curious on a couple of points....was that thing found standing upright? From a post elsewhere it sounds as if it weighs a great deal, so setting it upright does not sound sensible, but from one camera angle it looks as if in its upright alignment it would have stuck up above turf level.

And, why the second trench so far from the main area? Extra big work force that week?

Tim Wolter

Area B Team Photos
You lot should have had me there, I call up helicopters regularly in the A and E ward where I work. And I'd have done a proper job of it too. Here's how I imagine you and Andy did:

Andy: Right then, just set down between the Praetorium and the Severan gate respond.

Pilot: What?

Justin: Of course, it might instead be an Antonine postern gate.

Pilot: What?

Andrew: Well, of course. You know, the Period II Praetorium was offset 15 degrees from the visible foundations....will that make finding us any harder?

Pilot: What?

and so forth.

Tim Wolter

Noob question
Regards the conservation side of things, there has not been much done along those lines to my knowlege. Vindo runs with a relatively small number of workers, and time for extensive tours and such has been wanting, especially with the whole grant procedure in full swing.

I would personally love to see what goes on the in the back. I am also given to understand that there are those pesky Health and Safety concerns. Why, its a laboratory, there might be chemicals!

I think you could record a find number or two and wheedle some info during the off season, but for the bigger picture buying the dig reports might be an option.

Regards 2010 vs. later, I think I heard that the size of the digging cohort would be reduced in a couple of years, as the wide open surface digs give way to deeper excavations with smaller crews. But that may be fluid depending on how the excavations and funding unfold.

Tim Wolter

Noob question
Phillipus
No, not really. The skills needed just take a while to come together, and things that are helpful in one area of the site are less so on others. In general site A this year has had more debris and artifacts to pick through, while B has had more earth moving and dratted cobblestone surfaces.
A "good eye" for what is and is not artifact is the key. And that takes time. There are for instance several varieties of rock that look like coins, pottery shards and what have you. You will pick up and ponder many of them your first time out. Learn to read the dirt, there is a somewhat distinctive look to soil that is near bronze or silver, and its a warning to dig with care.
I find myself going about town on walks with my peripheral vision on the ground looking for small change! My kids tell me this is Old Person behavior, but it is a by product of digging at Vindo. And does go some tiny distance towards financing the next trip over!
When ya thinkin' of heading over?
Tim Wolter