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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 4
Haven't done it myself to confirm, but it looks like you should be able to upload from the iPad (or iPhone) to an online gallery such as Photobucket, and then link to that. Photobucket has an app to do it:

Photobucket app for iPad

Perhaps someone can try it out and see how well it works, but there are people reporting it as a sound method on multiple different kinds of forum similar to WeDig.


here's a similar app for Flickr:

Flickr app for iPad

Week 4
Great stuff again, thanks Mary and Harry.

Is the incredibly bumpy-looking area of small rocks/stones in the last picture the roadway Justin refers to in his tweet from 4 days ago?

Collapse of wall at Pompeii
This is very depressing, but erosion and gravity are tough to beat over the long term. The recession and euro crisis I'm sure have not helped at all.

Week 4
Deturfing is back-breaking work and it sounds like much of the stuff removed was old back-fill, so seems fair enough!

I took the liberty of adjusting shadows/highlights on Mary's photo, its a bit easier to see what was revealed now. Hope you don't mind.

What's happening to quiz standards at the TBI? A cocktail shaker sounds vaguely useful!

Week 3
Great updates, thanks Harry and Mary, gives a very clear picture of whats happening on the ground. Trips back to the hut for tea are getting pretty short!

Meet the Romans
Really good. The focus of the first one (maybe the others too?) is truly on trying to understand the life of ordinary Romans. Not at all the usual intrigue of emperors and senators. Can't wait to see the next one, thanks for pointing them out.

Clean Tools
Agreed that I haven't experienced issues with the equipment, other than the annoyance of getting a squeaky barrow. I probably did pick up some dirty stuff now and again, but if I did they would soon be dipping right back into the soil so I never worried about it.

I'm willing to bet that Cestrian's house is one of those ones that is always so spic and span that the Queen could show up unannounced and there would be no need for further cleaning before letting her in... B)

Clean Tools
Filth is fine, but those of us who spend most of our day tapping at keyboards have nice soft skin that can quickly develop a juicy blister by the end of day one, especially if having the "pleasure" of deturfing! Pro's like Andy must have skin as thick as elephant hide on their hands, so they have long since been able to forget about that. In my experience the bloody knuckles issue is real too (maybe my technique needs some work). So, I'll certainly be packing some gloves myself... Just make sure they're not too thick, and given the weather, its wise to have more than one pair for the week.

Week 2
Thanks for posting, really gives a good feel for what's happening. Love the last shot, looks like it was a telephoto view from some distance away? You can almost feel the chill wind whipping around just looking at that one.

2012 Barcombe Hill walk
I second that request! A route map would be great, some brief descriptions of what can be found along the way would be even better. Whatever you could do would be much appreciated.

Clean Tools
I went the same route as Tim, and bought my own WHS trowel. They're not that expensive, and serve as a permanent memento if its the only time you go. If you somehow manage to persuade your wife to let you do it again, its cost becomes trivial...! Just have to remember to pack it in the checked bag if you're flying.

I bought one of the soft handled versions, feels more comfortable and reduces vibration a bit compared to the traditional wooden handles, they're only ten quid or so. You can also pretend you're a pro by flashing it around at opportune moments. B)

Here's one place to get it:
WHS soft handle trowel

When I last dug in 2010 I never had the issue of picking up other's shovel/barrow discards because I would usually be the first one there in the morning, so I had first pick! Sounds like there may be a different system of meeting as a group before beginning the day's digging though.

Week 1
Thanks Kate, I can almost feel the mud on my knees, the blisters on my hands and aching forearms from the deturfing...! Sounds like a fantastic start. Keep the updates coming, and any photos would be great too.