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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 9
Seems like we could use a long term solution to the naming system. How about a 10m grid, using the fort sides to establish starting lines? It could be spread over the whole site to include the North field, the fort, wherever. We could use a typical mapping coordinate system with say, A-Z on the y-axis, numbers on the x-axis. Then you can say work is in E15, or if you want more precision, could use 5m grid, or just divide the 10m grid squares into quadrants, ie: "trench opened today in the NE quadrant of E15".

I did a VERY quick version to show you what I mean (see below). Lines are not exactly 10m, but reasonably close, so you can see roughly how much it divides up the site. This system also has the advantage that someone at the site can measure things out from landmarks and tell you exactly where their trench is and can easily be placed on the grid. If people think this is a good idea I will volunteer to set up an image with an accurate grid overlaid on it.


Roman Altars from Lewisvale Park
Very interesting, thanks for posting. The evidence of pigments makes you realize how much more spectacular these would have been in their time. Curious too that the altars seem to have been carefully "buried" by someone. Perhaps with the arrival of Christianity they had to be taken down, but whoever did so still held them in high regard?

Week 9
Great to see the North field work starting up, and that the digger is helping out! Quite a big swath cleared already. After re-reading the plan for the summer it looks like the vast majority of the late July folks (like me) will be digging there, so I'm hoping we'll continue to get the high quality and frequent updates/photos/tweets, matching what we've been seeing from the vicus this season already. Can't wait to see what starts popping up, the possible ditches sound like a great start.

Any news on 2013?
Thanks Andy, lots of wedigger's fingers are crossed.

Week 6
Wow, I'm amazed you were able to get that much of an effect even at f2. I was expecting you to say it was through post-processing... Thanks for the info.

Week 6
Some great shots in there, I love the perfume bottle.

A technical question for you Pierre, how did you get the shallow depth of field? Is that with photoshop post-processing or did you use some kind of filter on the lens? The plank shot is a good example of what I'm talking about.

Any news on 2013?
2012 is the last year of digging under the current SMC, so I'm curious whether there's a new one in the offing? Clearly there will need to be one for there to be any volunteers digging in 2013...

Week 6
Ooh! Roomier tea hut, when did that happen? in 2010 there wasn't nearly that much room for people to sit inside (Terry & Pauline photo 3 in the set linked in post above).

Week 6
Agreed on the photo quality. Superb.

Tim & snow, you seem to have a hit a really good week to be there; those anaerobic layers might be smelly, but there always seem to be some fascinating finds in it...

Week 6
I'll resist the strong temptation to make some off-colour jokes.

Nice picture Tim! And looking forward to seeing some more.

All the new areas being uncovered are making this especially good for vicarious WeDiggers. Fascinating to see it all gradually unveiled on the forum. What I'm also trying to figure out is whether anyone digging in July will be in the vicus/new area, or if we'll all be over in the North field?

Week 5
Wow, great stuff, keep it coming...

Week 5
Yes, great photos. Interesting too to see that apparently the new road is heading directly into the North Field?

EDIT: never mind, presumably its just the roadway connecting the vicus (and the fort itself) to the Stanegate...