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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!

winter visit
Had a trip up to the site this week and can report the cafe offers the usual warm welcome and nice cakes and hot drinks to warm the cold traveller. I can also confirm of a live sighting of Kev on site. Roll on the start of the digging season.
Some photos of the visit, it was strange to see the road to the noth gate filled in and temple avenue consoidated. Chris weeding on the site to make things tidy before the first diggers arrive.

Tick off the days to digging
I'll let the romans select Mr May for the Calender as found on Barcombe Hill above the fort. for new diggers its well worth the effort to reach the summit and the great views of the site. third photo of said view.

Also a photo of diggers from May 2011 (including Badger) enjoying the weather I hope we'll get this year?

Tick off the days to digging
I'm wondering if it involves me finding a rare roman stone carved into the shape of Africa? Weather permitting looking forward to a visit next week to see the site in winter. The weeks are flying by to the start of the season, also looking forward to Justin's first text of the season and those digger posted photos.

Tick off the days to digging
It's a better shot now the grinning oath standing left of Mr January as been cropped out, where do they get these people!!

some winter pics
el kevano
Feb 16 2012, 07:26 PM
hey all! hope everybody is well and can't wait to see you all here in the very near future! Looking forward to the laughs and company that the digging season brings though i must admit being alone up on site every other day is an absolute pleasure as you can imagine! Anyway the spades are clean, the trowels polished - mice have eaten all the pink kneelers (you can't win them all) and the tea urn is ready to go. Thought id share a few pics just to heighten the mood. Ps i will not wax my chest snowglobe and you can carry yer own wheelbarrow mike ha ha!
"i must admit being alone up on site every other day"
I can't get the song "so lonely" out of my head from the South Park Team America film. I still favour the sunrise breakfast although I think sun up must be around 5:30 by early May! Perhaps only good news for jeg lagged diggers from the colonies!

some winter pics
Great photos Kev thanks for posting, hope to be up for a visit in the next few weeks for a visit and to see if you have any Jedward digging action figures in the gift shop? Perhaps the trust could do a champagne breakfast sunrise deal for the diggers although it may effect the standard of the excavation later on that day but improve the singing!

Tick off the days to digging
Anyone who's marking down the days on the Calender and annoying their other half may want to consider buying a new one to mark the passing of the seasons. Perhaps the trust could try out this money raising idea? Get chest waxing Kev!
http://www.diggingthedirt.com/2011/12/14/the-naked-archaeologist/

As advertised in Current Achaeology!

What to bring?
There's also the buffet for diggers on Thursday night included down at the Hedley centre, always a pleasent evening unless you have a phobia of cocktail sausages!

In Our Time podcasts
To add to the podcast list there is also "the life Scientific" on BBC radio 4. Always interesting but this week about Neanderthal origins. This can be found on iTunes or the BBC website for free.

Vindolanda on TV
I saw some of this but only under medical supervison, poor Justin the things he's made to do for the trust, hope he survived the ordeal?

What to bring?
I just bring a sturdy pair of walking boats and my normal green wellies for wet days, I normally find the weather can throw everything at you so a good mix of clothes are good, I bring a pair of kayak paddling gloves so they are padded and keep warm when wet. First time I brought gardening gloves which were fine but I threw them away at the end. The kayak gloves are good as new even after a full months digging. You get your diggers t shirt so that's one less thing to bring. Midge cream may be worth bringing if you are there in mid summer?

Doing my Homework!
Good choice of book. Another good site is http://www.winshields.co.uk/ very close to Twice brewed pub although no caravans , tents only but the bunkhouse is good if you prefer staying closer to Vindolanda.

Doing my Homework!
"My Final advice is to get a wheelbarrow that doesn't squeak!"
Best advice of the week Mike

Doing my Homework!
All very good suggestions so far can I add a Band of Brothers garrison life by Anthony Birley about the writing tablets found on site ,also M C Bishops an Introducion to Hadrians wall, it's a very short book but answers 100 questions asked most frequently about the Wall. Very readable is The Wall by Alistair Moffat he writes in a very easy style so a pleasent read. A general read is Forts of Roman Britain by Paul T. Bidwell. Badger is only upset about my theories because I told him that Aliens built the wall and he stayed up all night looking for spaceships and missed last orders in the pub!

Vindolanda on TV
Vindolanda and Andy have made an appearance on Bullets,Boots and bandages about keeping an army fed and watered. It's on BBC4 or iplayer. A few diggers are seen in a long shot think I may have seen the back of Kev's head?