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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!

November 1st seems to have become a tradition, but I am curious about other aspects of 2012. Did the late season shift to Site B mean that the Site A work was done? Or just deferred due to water. Will 2012 be seeing teams on both sites? And of course, next year being the end of the five year plan, what next?

But I would expect Andy and Justin to be busy preparing the site for winter slumbers. Nor would I begrudge them a few days of cheerful sloth after a long season. We shall hear from them presently.

Tim Wolter

T shirts v Polo shirts
Sorry. The Pub category gets a little silly.

I would love a polo shirt but acknowlege the price issues, especially if the number of shirts would be small.

My vindo t shirts are getting well worn....I wear them under my scrubs at work to remind me that I am working to be able to afford things like Vindolanda!

Tim Wolter

T shirts v Polo shirts
Gee, I thought there was a toga party that I was not invited to!


2011 Excavation season group photographs
I have found the volunteer excavators to be a shy and reclusive tribe. They scatter at the appearance of a camera unless it is accompanied by the barked orders of the Centurions!


Week 24 12- 16 Sept
Great pix, Petrus.

Kevin looks cold, someone find him a ski hat!

It sure does look as if that circular structures was associated with the drain. A reservoir in case you needed some dank, fetid stagnant water? Somebody keeping a few koi to look at?

Really looking forward to theories there...

Tim Wolter

T shirts v Polo shirts

Like and Dislike buttons just create divisions. As things stand now you may agree, disagree or just think the sentiments expressed are weird. Its all good.
Now, could there be a utiliity that looks for and expunges naughty words? How 'bout ads for dubious merch?
Not that we have had much like trouble. Thus far.

T Wolter

Week 22
I dunno Harry.

The question would be if it was a military or civilian project. If the latter, the Army generally finished what they started. Even if, perhaps especially if, it was a rather silly thing to do in the first place (Antonine Wall anyone?). Besides, what would motivate the Army to do this, they had a perfectly nice fort already.

As to the civilians doing this, well, the quality of the finished stonework seems suspiciously good for late vicus work. I know Site B has been bashed about a good deal, but most of what we have been scraping around at under the watchful eye of Justin appears to be the kind of work homeowners might do on their day off....after a few pints of fermented liquids!

I suspect it will be an annex of an earlier military project. Side walls later robbed out as being in the way?

Where is that coin when you need it? Another argument against the late vicus theory, at that point cruddy pot metal radii were just about worthless and most roman sites of that era are awash in them.

T. Wolter

Week 22
Ah, I have it. The prototype for the Maginot line.

Hey! No fair going around the sides!

T. Wolter

Week 22
A wall/rampart around the vicus? I do not recall anything similar in the vici I am familiar with.....are there others?

Actually, it looks as if this might be just a wall around the nice parts of town. There were other ramshackle shacks outside the walls. Was this an early "gated community"?

What the heck is going on?

T. Wolter