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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!

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Great sequence, a useful resource. Thanks for posting. Looking forward to Justin's tweets next Monday

Roman Paris
Some great choices although I failed to go into Saint Chapelle as they had gone in strike! Not sure why but as always with France have a plan B just in case the staff don't like their sandwich choice that day and strike! We went to the louvre in the evening as its open till 9:30pm on Wed/Saturday the lines aren't as long. A coffee in central Paris will cost you about 5-6. Great to sit out and watch the world pass by though.
PS bring a blank placard in case you fancy joining the strike for a real cultural emersion?

Roman Paris
Thanks for the link, wsh I'd had that before going. Having said that time was short. We did visit the catacombs to see the over 6 million skulls in there along the 2km passages not sure even the trust has that many.

Roman Paris
Had a quick wander over to Paris this week & was supprised by some interesting finds around the city
Worth a visit is the Crypte Archeologique in front of Notre Dame, excellent remains of the roman city which extend under the church including the old Roman ramparts. in the photo is the gateway (right centre).
I found in the Louvre this writing tablet and if my french is correct its from Egypt?
On the south bank in the Latin Quater I found the Musee National du Moyen Age (middle ages) Built in 1330 but incorporating the still intact roman baths. Well worth a visit.
Still five weeks to my time at Vindolanda but looking forward to all those We Dig photos.

Tick off the days to digging
If its on Fox news it must be true! I wondered why I was the only one listed to dig on the 30th April now I know the places are reserved for Megan and 30 hair stylists. No wonder Kev looked so cheerful last week. A transformer film star bringing squeakywheelbarrowtron the first trowel that converts to a barrow!

winter visit
My guess having looked at the photo in the book would be 2009 as meerkat mound is still there also the paved road to the north gate is still under grass, the visitor fence line is next to the mound. Looks like it may be a good read?

Where to go?
Mark Richards book Hadrians Wall walks vol 2 (cicerone Guide) is a good guide to the area all done in pen and ink so a lovely read over a pint in the pub although I found some illustrations became blurred in the last few pages but that could be the ale?

Where to go?
You should be able to get the Newcastle to Jedburgh bus which should drop you off at High Rochester village then it's a 10 minute walk up the farm road.
I think it would be a nearly an hour and a half to Lindisfarne but it would depend on the tide as to getting on to the island if high tide fell at midday?
A nice walk from Carrawborough fort is up to Simonburn Castle a 13th cent castle now an overgrown ruin.

Where to go?
mooseandhobbes
Mar 1 2012, 06:57 PM
Whitley Castle, which is a Roman fort about 15 mile south of haltwhistle. HUGE earthworks :D
Good choice, wonder why there was such huge earthworks?
Protecting lead production in the valley?
Locals with anger management issues?
National roman spade testing centre?
Aliens?
It's a good one to visit on the way north if heading to Vindolanda and from leavingthe M6 at Penrith there's Long Meg stone circle, Ostrich world then a great drive over Hart pass to Alston (bikers cafe at the summit, good tea stop). I like Ostrich world as if you like the visit you can buy the birds relatives in bite size chunks from the gift shop, low fat and tasty.

Where to go?
Great ideas from Harry and Badger, I love going up to the outpost fort of High Rochester north east of the Wall. The road side roman tombs are amazing survivors along side Dere street. Carrying on north to the Hermitage is worth a look but I find it an creepy place. Birdoswald Fort is also a favourite visit for its location on the wall. The fort of Arbeia in Newcastle is good just for the reconstructions of Barracks and gateway. If you go with Harrys excellent choice of Binchester then south is Piercebridge fort and Roman bridge remains.