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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!

Roll call for 2013
Lets hope this stunning dry weather is the start of a less moist digging season? Still two weeks on the roll call empty? Any shy diggers out there want to add to the list? Post to the provided Email.

Preserved cist
Treasures revealed in ancient cist
A rare and amazing discovery dating back to the bronze age is described as the most significant find on Dartmoor.
< http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/news/uk-england-devon-21442474 >

An interesting find with fantastic preservation.

Winter diversion
Very close to Durisdeer is Drumlanrig castle there is a cafe there and plenty of forest trails. Time Team visited there some years back to excavate the roman fort in the grounds, nothing is visible and the site is recovered.

http://www.drumlanrig.com/drumlanrig-castle-useful-information

Now there's something you don't see every day....
Badger
Feb 14 2013, 02:08 AM
Happy Valentines Day! Or do you celebrate it in the UK?

Ave Northumberlandia! Amor Invictus!

T. Wolter
We do indeed, whilst looking for roman fortlets (winter diversion) I found this Henry Moore sculpture in the area, some issues brought up in this artwork! Posted Image

Winter diversion
Film fans note that the 1978 version of the 39 steps with Robert Powell used the village and surrounding area as a stand in for the highlands.

Winter diversion
Used a black & white setting on one and adjusted the contrast & saturation on the other, from reading up on similar watch towers on the Gask Ridge near Perth possibly a turf & timber palisade . Excavated in the 30's showed two barrack blocks. There are several possible Flavian dated marching camps further down the valley.
The Gask ridge up near Perth used timber palisades and towers within a circular ditch. Well worth a visit.

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Gask watchtower of Flavian date 70'sAD

Winter diversion
Exploring Galloway just over the Wall into Scotland and found this great fortlet out at Durisdeer guarding the pass

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Photo showing the western ditch

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Looking west at the fortlet