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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!

Vindolanda iPad app
I think Clares just about got it right. For thoughs who don't need them thay don't have to have them. For those who do, the can be an invaluble learning aid.

some winter pics
Hi Kev.
Great photos. As you seem to have nothing else to do & you want me to carry my barrow, squeeky wheel or not, lets have some more!

Tick off the days to digging
I sell raffle tickets for the TSA charity, They're £1 a strip or a fiver to keep my cloths on, I don't know why but everyone buys a fivers worth! I'm willing Andy if you are.

What to bring?
It's not just particularly the weight of the wheel barrow load, it's also the loading & balance. Observing some of the way diggers load their barrows, it's no wonder they're worn out by the end of the first day.
My advice is, yes don't overload but also load at the front of the barrow over the wheel, that's the way barrows are designed to work, not the back or middle, that adds weight & unbalances them.
Also it's very easy when you're on your hands knees towelling to overfill your bucket, especially when you're digging something interesting, you then have to lift it & carry it to & empty it into your barrow.
To sum up:-
Load your barrow correctly.
Only have barrow & bucket loads you can easily handle.
Fit new batteries into your barrow, bucket, spade, trowel, etc. he.he.he.
Or smile sweetly & flutter your eye lids at some hunky bloke with a Glaswegian accent (Hi Kev, how you doing) He's a sucker for that & it always works for me.
Take a good sense of humour.

Doing my Homework!
it depends on what kind of site they like but I always stay at the Hadrians Wall campsite. Its about 3 miles west of Vindolanda & is nicely placed about 2 miles between the Twice Brewed & Mile Castle!
But there are at least another 3 sites within 10 miles.

Doing my Homework!
Hi Clare
Everyone’s giving you excellent advice well worth following up, including Aliens!!! However, as a retired hairy arsed plumber who 5 years ago had no experience, my advice is to relax & enjoy the wonderful experience of digging at Vindolanda. You'll learn loads just by digging, everyone is helpful & you'll make some wonderful friends form across the world & of all ages.
My Final advice is to get a wheelbarrow that doesn't squeak!
Have a great time, Mike