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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!

Roman fort on Alderney
Very interesting stuff, thanks for posting! Makes me think about subscribing to Current Archaeology too...

Antioch floor mosaic
WAM is well worth a visit, the NY Times described it as the best small museum in the country. We were there almost three hours and saw maybe a quarter of it. As you can see from the photo (on the wall behind), they have several Roman mosaics, and there are more yet out of the picture.

Antioch floor mosaic
I went to the Worcester (Massachusetts) Art Museum last weekend, they have a relatively small but very nice collection of Roman stuff, including what is claimed to be the largest Roman mosaic in the US. If I remember correctly this was recovered from a house in Antioch that was destroyed by the huge earthquake of 526.

Have any mosaics been found at Vindolanda? I don't recall seeing one in the museum...

consolidation pics
Kevin, great work, thanks for posting so many. Great to see how things have progressed.

Roman Murder Mystery
Definitely worth seeing, lots of dramatic reconstruction, interesting stuff. Good mid-winter fare for the dig-starved Vindo-junky.

Vindolanda iPad app
Which app are you talking about?

From the archive
Jan 12 2012, 04:09 PM
From previous year's experience I think detailed photos of the North field will be discouraged.
We should obviously comply with any request for self-censorship, but I'm more hopeful about this, given that there is no attempt to hide the digging there this summer, it gets a significant mention on the website in the plan for 2012. I'm hoping that pictures of the digging will be allowed, but as before, we don't show or talk about any valuable metal finds and the like.

Andy, can you weigh in on this?

We should nominate a special chair in the back room as the Bloggers Throne and put up a plaque...!

I'm sure I'll end up doing a daily blog for my week in July, like I did in 2010. It won't have the "real Justin's" insight, but will hopefully provide the Vindolanda junky with a daily fix of digging trivia...

You can read the old posts, and a slightly newer one, here:

Digging Vindolanda blog

From the archive
Jan 1 2012, 01:11 PM
The first photo shows the wall partially stripped down for consolidation, some courses already removed so that they could be secured without the wall falling down. So as shown in the second photo, the wall ended up the same size as it was excavated. If we were going to add something we would have removed that silly gap in the middle of the second photo :-)


OK, now I get it, I had understood from "collapsed wall" that this had collapsed in antiquity, rather than during the excavation.

193 days until I dig again. Not that I'm counting or anything.

In Our Time podcasts
The Brits reading this are probably already fully aware of these radio programmes, although may not be aware of the podcasts of them.

For those who don't know about them, Melvyn Bragg hosts a (usually 43 minute) roughly weekly discussion with three academic experts on a single theme. There are 131 in the archive covering history (even more covering other topics), and a quick glance through the list includes at least 5 on Roman topics. They are very approachable to the non-expert, but go into enough detail to be interesting to anyone. They are also completely FREE! Great way to pass some time in the car or train to work...

Here's the link:

In Our Time, History archive

Thanks for posting, didn't know about Binchester. I'll have to see if I can squeeze in a visit when I'm over the pond in July.