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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!

Photos from June 27-July 1 dig
Very nice pictures. Ah...I used to work on the same road back in May, only a few meters to the south...
Could that brick be a gameboard? Then I might have found one of its game-counters.

The Persistence of Misinformation
According to "De Volkskrant", a Dutch newspaper, the British expert who is going to work on the decipherment is Dr. Roger Tomlin, a university lecturer in late Roman history at Oxford.

The Persistence of Misinformation
Being Dutch and having nothing else to do on World Cup Final-night :'( , I have translated the article Harry mentions, and I tried to translate it as literally as possible.
There's certainly some mis-information to be found in it, but I wonder if the journalist or the archeologist is to blame here. I can not imagine that an expert on the Roman era would not know about Vindolanda's tablet-finds. The "amateur archeologists" by the way, were described in another article I saw yesterday as two brothers who were teenagers at the time. Certainly no experts on conservation, but still, science should give them credit for finding, recognising and preserving this wonderful find. They have not been digging meters deep, but found the artefacts on a large heap of soil.


Roman writing-tablets discovered in Utrecht

Utrecht - Since last Friday the province of Utrecht has become owner of a unique archeological find: more than a hundred pieces of writing tablets from the Roman era.

"This is enormously important for science", archeologist Wouter Vos said during the presentation of the tablets.

The wooden pieces have been found at the Roman fort Fectio at Bunnik. Never before so many pieces of Roman writing tablets have been found on one location.

"It is really unique, such a large concentration on one location", according to Vos. The collection is also remarkable because so many tablets are fairly complete and reasonably well preserved.


That proper conservation has been the work of two amateur-archeologists. Thirty-two years ago already they found the Roman find, but it's value had not been recognised until four years ago.

According to Wouter Vos their knowledge of conservation, under water and in the freezer, has been of great importance. "Otherwise this all had been lost." The two declared to feel honoured to hand over the remains now to the province.


After research by an archeological bureau and the "Vrije Universiteit" it appears that the tablets were probably official documents from the military archive of the Roman army.

"We have a part of the archive, that is incredible", Vos said. They probably are testaments, contracts and debt-statements that have been thrown in the Rhine.


The most important is: what exactly was carved in the tablets? An expert from the university of Oxford shortly will start with decipherment of the texts.

December next year hopefully this will lead to results after which the public will be able to admire the big find.