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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!

A regular view
Those climbing Barcombe hill there is the alternative weekly shot!

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A regular view
The SMC plans on the Vindolanda blog page show the sites within the Vicus to be dug. The photos are a guide only zoomed or non zoom are both fine, those using mobile phone cameras may not have the option. All images welcome.

A regular view
This topic may work if the photos run as above so if you e mail me I'm able to add images within the post, snowglobepete@btinternet.com . You will of course be credited with taking any photos so we can all admire your end of day stamina of climbing up the tower.

End of Time Team
Raksha Dave's blog on the end of of team, no holds barred on the demise of the programme

http://digventures.com/2013/03/29/tools-down-for-time-team-raksha-dave-on-the-end-of-an-era-and-her-new-adventure/

A regular view
We thought it would be great to get a regular overview of the season from the same location, the tower of the replica wall seems a worthy location as it takes in areas of the SMC. Any Wediggers with a small amount of energy left after a days digging could take a shot , this would build into an interesting project as the work continues.


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One taken on the 5th May
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Can it be??
Hopefully the sun will be out for that walk to the diggers hut?

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Elsewhere in the Empire....
The link system should work fine, to help out Harry and Badger with the admin of the site I can add the photos so they appear within the post but this is limited to the 3 of us, most of the back office stuff is a mystery but I can do the photo stuff. Sunny sometimes sends me photos as its easier than doing links to Wedig from a mobile or smartphone.

Elsewhere in the Empire....
Fiona D
Mar 25 2013, 08:42 AM
At least they'll have the sunshine - this is currently the view I have at home. Just getting the thermals out ready for the start of the digging season! Also trying out posting an image so I can keep folks informed when I'm there in period 2 - only 3 weeks.... Hoping it's less snowy in Northumberland for all you hardy souls starting next Monday.
Let me know if it works please folks.

Keep warm
Fiona
Photo posted just fine, looks like the trust may need to send a snowplough for you. Any one having issues posting then they can post to the Email I used for roll call and I'll post from there.

A New Digger's Guide post!
On the way up to the Hermitage is the Millholm cross tradition says it was placed there in c1320 by the Armstrong family after one of them was killed at the Hermitage, the place really has a grim reputation.

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A New Digger's Guide post!
In 1343 William Douglas kidnapped Sir Alexander Ramsey at Hawick and starved him to death in the cellar of the Hermitage.
In 1566 the Earl of Bothwell ran into Little Jock Elliot a powerful border Reiver and shot him off his horse, standing over him to finish him off Little Jock Lept up and stabbed Bothwell, lucky for Bothwell he survived the revived Little Jocks attack and was trundled back to the Hermitage only to find the Elliot's in charge and had to lay siege to their own castle! One of those days!
More stories in Alistair Moffats book on the Reivers (found in the Vindolanda book shop) or www.birlinn.co.uk

The site is kept by Historic Scotland, Engilsh Heritage members get in free (as well sites on Hadrians wall)

A trip up to Melrose and Smailholm Tower is also worth a trip
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A New Digger's Guide post!
Great Choice Harry, even on a sunny day this place has a real air of Menace

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Vindolanda blog
http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=Ri4I6V3c-vA&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DRi4I6V3c-vA&gl=GB

Justin has just posted a pre dig video on YouTube, very exciting to think this area will start to be excavated in less than a month.

Advice for getting from Newcastle to the site?
http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/idoc.ashx?docid=2150a273-3b65-4bd8-a46c-173f95af0d98&version=-1

This is the new 2013 timetable, as my fellow digger Terry says its just the one bus from Newcastle. All suggestions work and Badger has made his way to the site this way since the Romans left! Travel light, there's a great laundry & drier at the Hedley so no need to pack much plus you get the diggers Tshirt as a prized item to wear. My personal get there option is Haltwhistle rail station (if you can't get the AD122 from Newcastle) and the bus leaves for the site just outside the door, there's a Sainsburys store if you need any items if there's a wait for the AD122 back up the road plus the chance to visit the "centre of Britain stone" !
The bus will drop you at the West Gate of Vindolanda, you have two options: walk down the lane along side the site ,the road drops into the valley then on your right you'll see the Vindolanda sign. My option is walk through the site and museum to reach the Hedley, you get in free as by now you should have a" Friends of Vindolanda" membership .