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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!

Roman Britain novels - a survey
Just chip in on this post I like Paul Elliot's " The Last Legionary" life as a roman soldier AD400 it's fiction and covers the Saxon Shore forts in Yorkshire and Wallsend fort on the wall. It is interjected with notes from the author who is a re enactor so interesting comments on marching. There's also the Hadrians wall Empire books by Anthony Riches starting with Wounds of Honour set in the time of Commodus.

Vindolanda iPad app
There is also a printed map showing the same detail avaiable from the museum of London at the Barbican and other outlets it's very similar to the OS historical map of Hadrians wall.

Vindolanda iPad app
Whilst on the subject of iphone apps for those based in "the smoke" or visiting/flying into London there is an app called "Streetmuseum" Londinium which overlays the roman city with google maps including places to see visible remains. Using the GPS on the iphone should make things easier? Its free so well worth downloading. Works well even as a referance guide to those not based in the south but just love maps.

Vindolanda on TV
Tuesday 24th at 6:30 pm BBC2 Great British rail journeys visits Vindolanda or catch up on BBC iplayer.

Antioch floor mosaic
Jan 22 2012, 02:56 PM
I have read that the Madaba mosaic was basically an early tourists map of the Holy Land for the benefit of pilgrims wanting to visit sites associated with the life of Christ. Too bad a section is missing. I would love to see it.

T. Wolter
If you wish to see the missing section I can post you a replica to build it yourself in Tesserae. I can post one per week in easy to manage installments over the next 15 years?

Roman fort on Alderney
Interresting you tube video of the supposed roman ramparts on the channel island of Alderney
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mt8i4dW8sYU&feature=youtube_gdata_player also the link to the article http://www.archaeology.co.uk/news-features/alderney-a-new-roman-fort.htm looks
Like an interesting site.

Antioch floor mosaic
My favourite mosaic is in Madaba, Jordan its very late roman (6th cent) but shows Jerusalem pre 570's as certain buildings are not present, Herods gate is on the left and the the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is in the middle. Bits of this building are still there built into other buildings around the present Crusader church, great fun to knock on doors, look in shop storerooms to find these remains.
Now possibly not the best time to visit but Palmyra in Syria is worth the effort to reach, early sunrise walks through the ruins are great for photos. interesting to think some parts of Britain still had standing ruins this good up to the 11th cent and beyond, sadly never this sunny though!

consolidation pics
Great photos Kev, will have to head up in late Febuary to see for myself.

Vindolanda iPad app
Jan 16 2012, 01:12 PM
Which app are you talking about?
It's called "Roman Vindolanda Reconstruction" by Cartogoo also works on iPhone, the website To see the company is Cartogoo.com

Vindolanda iPad app
Whilst browsing the iPad app store I have discovered an app which allows the user to view the site as a 3D fly through or on site as an augmented reality walk through using geo referenced Data from the trust. Guess this an approved app by the Vindolanda trust? No reviews as yet so not sure how it works.

From the archive
Looks like I have first week in May to myself? Although I think Nigel is there. I'm up for taking a few photos but will insist on everyone wearing buttonholes and suitable hats!

Roman Helmet
http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/news/uk-england-leicestershire-16475224 news of a restored roman helmet

Having enjoyed following Justin's twitter feed last year I wondered if anyone was going to do any unofficial posts on the general dig coming and goings who won the pub quiz etc. I'm rather new to this twitter stuff but it would enjoy hearing any additional tweets. If anyone fancies doing something like that perhaps they could post up a twitter address to follow for their time on site?
Just a thought.

From the archive
The fallen section of wall left in situ collapsed during the lifetime of the stone fort. There is a good description in Robin Birleys excellent "Vindolanda" book. The wall was rebuilt by the Romans without reusing the fallen section.

From the archive
Some more 2010 and 2011 before and after.

In Our Time podcasts
Great programme, Mr Bragg is a Cumbrian Lad born In Carisle so the wall zone is in his blood.

Must visit Binchester this year, enjoyed the blog. Hopefully we have similar weeks digging at Vindolanda? See you in May.

In the February issue of Current Archaeology there is an interesting article on Binchester fort at the end of Empire. Looking for Terry in any photo's !

From the archive
I did two days helping Kev on the other end of the mound with help from his Grans lawn edging tool to keep the section straight. That was my first job inside the fort.
Hope you enjoyed the photos?
Two shots of temple Ave from May 2010 and 2011