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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 22
Thanks for the pictures, we were just talking about finding shoes in another thread, and lo and behold, there's a cracker. Looks to be almost complete.

Week 22
Don't mention who suggested it, but I've found a surreptitious reset of their router can work wonders. :$

Just go to the back corner of the back room and you'll see the router up on a small shelf. Turn the switch off at the main plug into the wall for 10 seconds and then back on, and I would predict that in about a minute or three the ether will be swimming through the internets again...

Looking forward to seeing the piccies.

Week 22
Digging is done on day two of the final week of the 2012 season, any news about what's happening on site?

Last Record of Vindolanda before Hedley
This discussion reminded me of a fabulous aerial photo of Vindolanda from 1967 I spotted a while back on the Vindolanda Tablets online site. Its obviously not exactly the period we're talking about, but it shows what a good portion of the fort and surrounds looked like before most of it was excavated. The low winter sun was perfect...


I wasn't sure whether to laugh or cry when I read the story. It did make me think of this image though:

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"The Scream", Edvard Munch by Justin-T64, on Flickr

Last Record of Vindolanda before Hedley
My understanding is that the most extensive period of stone-robbing in the Wall area in general occurred between the mid 18th and mid 19th centuries, so there's the potential for much more to have remained at Vindolanda in 1801 than made it into the 20th century; I believe there are references to the bath house still having some of its roof in 1700. However, Wallis' 1769 account makes it sound like he actually visited, and it seems highly likely that he would have described all significant stone remains at least as well as he described the various types of tree-cover around the site. Presumably what stone remained was by then largely covered with soil and undergrowth.

Week 20
Nice shots. I would love to find a shoe, there's something so personal about them compared to pottery or almost any other small find. The shoe display is actually my favorite part of the new museum.

Week 21
Intriguing pieces of a fancy column in a ditch today in Justin's tweet. Can any of this week's diggers shed any light on them, or any of the other trenches?

Week 20
Aug 18 2012, 07:59 AM
reports in the 18th Century that a still-standing temple had just been knocked down by local farmers for building stone... It was thought to be a temple to Diana.
It mentions this being "at the west end of the station", so it all fits together very nicely. There must have been quite some excitement in the trench when that came up, ice creams all round!

Week 20
Yes, more info on the altar would be great!

(although maybe less info on the other small finds, we are asked to be careful not to go into details on those here, especially coins, so as not to encourage strangers in the night with metal detectors)

Crowdsourcing archaeology
Just thought I'd pass on a link to this story, describing a dig funded by ordinary citizens. A shame that there isn't more money to fund archaeology, just imagine how many interesting places there are that are worth investigating, but whose stories remain unknown.

Flag Fen, Bronze Age causeway dig

New BBC Report on Water Supply
StrongVPN also works well, for the same price as TunnelBear. Its been getting some heavy use the past two weeks for some reason... B)

(thanks to sarcanon for this tip)

Week 19
Quick note on the battery: looks like it doesn't come with a charger, they expect you to charge the battery in-camera. The reviews on dpreview.com are very comprehensive, I'd take a quick look there before making final decision:


The image examples look pretty good to me for a compact.

One last comment: having capability to shoot RAW (ie: uncompressed, not jpeg) is nice because you have much greater power to adjust exposure in post-processing than from a jpeg. Not as common in compacts, but some do have it; Lumix's don't seem to have that option. May or may not be important to you.

And yes, it would be nice to hear something about progress on-site, even Justin has stopped tweeting, maybe he's away?

Week 19
I'm a Canon guy myself, I'd give the S95 a close look. It was recently superseded by the S100, but is reckoned to be optically as good as the S100 and got a big price cut. 195 quid on Amazon but was selling for 350 just 9 months ago, before the S100 came out. VERY good value for money, their quality/reliability is usually excellent.

The Lumix's snowglobe mentioned are probably good too, although the 16x makes me nervous. For them to get a 24-384mm (yes I looked it up :P ) range they MUST have made considerable sacrifices at one end (wide or tele) or both.

Nikon Coolpix P310 is another contender.

If you can, test them at a shop, they should be willing to let you compare some shots you took with various cameras. My advice is always to base your decision on image quality, not the fancy specs the makers quote...

Week 19
Q1: What's the price cap?
Q2: What size are you thinking about: compact, mid-sized or SLR sized?

Despite what people may tell you, the lens is still more important than the megapixels. But, you may not want the weight/bulk of a big camera/lens. Answer those two questions and I'm sure people will be willing to suggest some cameras.