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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!

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Week 13
Dramatic picture! I hope there wasn't any damage in the trenches...

I checked the Met's blog again and they updated the info overnight, it's now the second wettest June, only 6mm short of the record. Looks certain the record will fall. Not clear how they determine the overall rainfall for the whole country, but all parts of England, Wales and N. Ireland have been hit about equally, only Scotland has received a near normal rainfall for the month.

Week 13
Just amazing how persistent the rain has been.

I just checked the Met Office blog and read that as of the 24th (ie with 6 days still to go) its already the third wettest June on record, and given the further rain since then (and looks like more tomorrow and Saturday) its very likely to break the 110 year record. Main reason appears to be the position of the jetstream; surely it must shift position soon...

Met office news blog

Vindolanda FIeld School blog
Malise - I think you'll have to ask your questions on their blog, doesn't appear that any of the Western O crew are checking/posting here.

Another good blog entry from them today, describing organic layers in the North Field trench. Judging by Beth and other's appearance, wellies are essential there as well as in the vicus, thanks to the so-called 2012 summer...

Week 13
+1 on the water tank shot. An eerie feeling of a connection across the centuries being reestablished.

Is there any sign yet of what the physical supply line was to the tank? Presumably the spring fed it, but any evidence of how the spring water ended up in the tank?

Week 13
Those clever Romans. I had been thinking it would need lead, which the Romans were very adept at using in water supply systems (the adjustable/shut-off valves from Pompeii blew my mind when I saw them the other day in Boston), and I figured some of the lining would have been left behind for us to find. But clay would do the trick pretty well as long as it stayed damp. Which as we know, is a given in that particular spot...

I wonder if they've found anything dateable in the tank yet?

Week 13
That would make sense, and having it close to the source, high above the level of the vicus and fort below. However, Justin is talking about (in his tweet today, includes a nice pic) a "drain" leading away from it. Wouldn't that just get it "dirty" again?

Week 13
I guess they could have used it essentially as a well, removing water as needed with buckets? The spring would have kept refilling it, so could have served as a larger daily source for agricultural/small industrial needs??

Rest assured that many are looking at the pictures with interest, to a man/woman wishing they were digging with you!

Week 13
Great stuff, vicus and north field both seem to be living up to their promise at the beginning of the season. Appropriate that a water tank and drains are major features this "summer"... :P

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The blog has an excellent video report of the flooded trench in the field. Beth and Alex showing some skills as news reporters! One part of the trench is apparently now a five foot deep pool... Commentary also gives some interesting archaeological insight.

Week 12
Am I right in saying that this is one of the rainiest digging seasons for a long time? I feel for this week's digging crew, especially those who only signed up for one week and lost both their last two days to rain.

Week 12
Badger
Jun 21 2012, 09:30 AM
We are certainly looking forward to updates on your tour of duty....the late summer weeks so often are less reported upon.

Tim - I will definitely be doing a daily report. In 2010 I did it as my own blog outside WeDig, I'm thinking I'll probably do that again. However, I do remember it sucking up at least an hour to an hour and a half of time each evening, so the thought of sending Harry 5 or 6 pictures with 1-line captions definitely has a certain appeal! B)
If nobody reports on the vicus during that week I will try to get at least some end-of-the-day shots to WeDig.

SacoHarry
 
I noticed on one of snowglobe's pictures from a couple days ago what looks like a farm track running just past the southern edge of the trench. Picture attached. But I don't know if that's the same feature or is just from a recent tractor pass.

Ah, you're probably right, a much simpler explanation and the position of it looks to match pretty well with the aerial shot. I tend to look at the landscape now with the first thought that everything is Roman!

Week 12
Seems to be plenty of interesting and varied stuff going on in the field. Excellent photos Mr Globe! Counting down the days... (25)

Week 12
Forgot to ask which iPhone app it is snowglobe is using, looks worth having.

Week 12
Very interesting to see the north field developments. There's an obvious road-width anomaly on the satellite image about that E-W line, at roughly the right position in the field (impossible to tell where the trench is atm). I wonder if that corresponds to this road? Sounds like the archaeology isn't saying yet what era it is, but doesn't such a fancy stone drain alongside a road suggest Roman?

Check the line in the field here:

Week 12
Now that is a massive trench, especially considering that was all grass only five (?) weeks ago!

Is that a Roman ghost, mid-left rear... :o

Inspiration
Digging at Vindolanda is an incredibly rewarding experience in itself. But to dig in such sublimely beautiful surroundings elevates it to a different plane altogether... Walking that landscape to the dig site every day from the Twicey is just a joy; even the return trip is pleasant despite sore arms/knees from a day's digging.

Week 11
SacoHarry
Jun 13 2012, 02:02 PM
And Beth & Alex's blog is reporting that some of the cobbling showing up over in the North Field is actually Victorian -- with a neat array of Victorian pottery & ceramics coming up.
Dang. Seemed like it had a good chance to be a Roman feature, a metaled roadway of some kind.

That pint does look mighty tasty, 6 weeks to go before I can down one of those...

Vindolanda FIeld School blog
Seems likely that Alex & Justin were on the same plane?

Vindolanda FIeld School blog
Check out an entry from June 11th, Alex took a superb aerial picture of the fort, vicus and north field. Gives you a really good view of the spread of the excavation, and demonstrates just how far from the fort the vicus trenches now go. It would be great to have a higher res version posted here at some point.

Week 11
Looks very intriguing, looking forward to seeing what becomes of it. I wonder how much further west the buildings go?

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