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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!

Historical Novels
I back "erin"on: ....the Falco series...fantastic! Lindsey Davis, the author, has a very good website and she writes back personally to e-mails. Her research is very thorough and although I've only read a few of her novels (there are 20 odd of them) so far...I'm trying not to overdose on them. I am spacing them out and I even mean to go back to re-read the ones I've read.

Her characterisation and voice are inspirational. I'm hoping the series will be filmed at some point. Lindsey is adamant that they will be filmed as per her spec. So fingers crossed.

Has anybody noticed (at Vindolanda's replica milestone) that a certain cynical Roman Private Eye shares a name with Pompeius Falco, the Governor of Britain, who may have been the one given the orders to start to build the Wall...? Or is that just sad ol' me??? ;)

Altar Discovery!!!
Hi again,

Yes...I thought it might have been two altars but I wasn't sure. Many thanks to Andy for the information and to Harry for the warm welcome.

Lovely site. I will have a good rummage around over the next weeks/months (there's a lot here!) and I will recommend the site to the other guiding volunteers.

Bye for now. Hadriana.

Altar Discovery!!!
Hi there,

Andrew Birley's team had an amazing find last Tuesday...an altar!!!! (This post has been given the green light by Andy BTW.)

From what I could make it out it is dedicated to Jupiter (and possibly other Gods). It has the I.O.M. initials: to Jupiter Greatest and Best and dedicated by the 4th Cohort of Gauls (I think). It has a carving of a man and a bull on the front portion (die) and a spoon and a skillet on the back (as far as I can remember). I've attached a cellphone photo of it. Hopefully we will hear a lot more about it over the coming weeks.

I am one of a group of people training to be volunteer guides at Vindolanda and The Roman Army Museum. We have just sat our exams with the Institute of Tourist Guiding and following our practical exam last Thursday the attached photo was taken. If/when we pass our exams, and we shall receive our results in the next few weeks, we shall all be guiding at the two sites this season and next season 2011. We look forward to showing everyone your hard work!

Best wishes,


Barcombe Hill
I like to think that Carvoran/Magna IS Briga! It would be great to solve that mystery.

As for Barcombe Hill - a group of us, volunteer-guides-to-be-at-Vindolanda 2009/2010, will go and see that Roman Quarry soon. It's a must!

The Stanegate milestones
I read recently that the milestone at Vindolanda...the one, standing in the original position to its full height, near Codley Gate Farm..is in "The Guinness Book of Records". Maybe you know this already?