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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 22
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Week 22
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Week 22
Hi All,

First... I said that the orange clay was not the natural, but I may have Ďmisspokení. Andy gave a round-up this afternoon and it seems that the site has been terraced, in order to take account of the slope, and that the orange clay is the natural, but in others itís been re-deposited over earlier occupation levels and then built on. Iím sure that Andy will correct that if Iíve got it completely wrong, but it make sense of the occupation levels under the, apparently, natural clay.

Picture 1 shows the Ďnaturalí but in the trench at the far end you can see it on top of earlier, pre-Hadrianic, occupation levels.

Hi Paul, all the slots in the orange clay are basically drainage gullies, to help them cope with all those $*!- springs, I guess. Itís all going to be backfilled to protect the archaeology until the next time (whenever that may be).

Weíve had pretty good weather this week (pic 2 is from this morning), with just a sprinkling of rain at the end of today, which didnít deter us in the slightest. Today has been a shoe-fest. Andy and Kate were having trouble keeping up with all the finds, also including stamped samian, a couple of wooden combs, leather tent panels, a couple of stylus tablets and a bung for something like a barrel, half a a quern stone, a lovely flagon neck and a plastererís palette!

And finally, this is a warning, pic 3 shows what happens when there's a draw in the Tuesday quiz. It involved bananas. You have been warned.

Well, thatís 2012. Roll on 2013.

Week 22

Oh hellooooo :D

Yesterday was nowhere near as terrible as the weather map would have you believe and we didn't lose any of the day at all. Today was idyllic digging weather; sun, a light breeze, lovely.

I'm in the Twicey, hiding from the quiz (which ha sreturned to Tuesdays), having just returned from an excellent talk on the human remains from Vindolanda, given by none other than Dr Trudie Buck.

I've been going round getting some pics together and I'll post some in a bit, once the Twicey wifi stops playing silly beggers. I just wanted to let you know that I haven't forgotten about you and I'll post pics asap.


Week 20
Hi Scott,

will do my best. I'll try to make a point of taking as many pics as possible and see if I can get some from the same angles as pics from earlier in the season.

Your wall was certainly a bit of a star when we were there, so we must see how it's getting on. :D

Week 20
No problem.
Justin has also posted a picture of some pretty juicy looking organics that have just been uncovered, so I'll get some pics of those too (if they're still there). :D

Week 20
Aug 16 2012, 08:52 AM
I have been imagining that particular patch of organics for months now.

Badger, I'm going to be there the week after next and, just for you, I'm going to try to relocate that tree stump (if it's still there) and put you out of your misery with a photo :D

New BBC Report on Water Supply
...and here's the TV news report (this was posted on FB by Kate) :P

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01ln1fl/Look_North_(North_East_and_Cumbria)_08_08_2012/ (starts at 13.45)

Week 19
Hi Snowglobe,

yeah, I know that the gps on cameras can be a bit hit and miss, and at the site where I most particularly need it, it's likely to be more miss than hit because the site is overlooked by MI6! :X

Nevertheless, if I can get it to work it'll be really useful as the site is very changeable and features appear and disappear, so it can be very difficult to re/locate them. For real accuracy we have Geomatics (the UCL geophysics team).

It's a good camera anyway, so if I can get it for a good price, I'll be happy. And I never leave home without a spare battery :D .

One little Vindolanda update....pleeeeease...just one little Vindolanda update.

Week 19
Hi Claire_M

I think that I've settled on the Panasonic Lumix TZ-30, as it's got all the goodies plus a GPS receiver, which will be useful for TDP stuff (we're locating lots of new timbers at Vauxhall).

It is more expensive than I said, but I can get one cheaper if I buy from overseas (I'm working on that at the moment).


Week 19
Thansk for these recommendations. They've lead me to a camera, not mentioned here, which I'm investigating.
Sorry for hijacking the thread Harry.


Week 19
Good point.

price, a couple of hundred max. size, pocket compact.

I think that Canon lenses are considered some of the best, but I've been eyeing up an Olympus TG-1 (which is too expensive, but a girl can dream).

Week 19
Well, spurred on by the example of Team GB, I will certainly endeavour to rise to that challenge, although I can't guarantee that I'll be able to make any more sense of it all than anyone else.

I'm in the process of looking for a new camera right now (my much-loved little snapper is entering its twilight days :'( ). Any recommendations gratefully received.