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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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Session 5
As the weary but happy diggers from session 4 drift home the Session 5 crew roll into action tomorrow, here's hoping for plenty of updates and fine weather.

Vindolanda / Hadrian's Wall in the Media
22 May, 2013
TyneOut - from the Hexham Courant
"Volunteers join the search for Holy Grail of Roman Britain"

A great Article last week about Vindolanda
Vindolanda diggers speak

A trip out
Whilst up on the site I took a trip out to Chesters fort and headed south a few miles to visit Warden church of St Micheal & All Angels (yes all angels, nobody left out here) I read Clifford Jones book on walking Hadrians wall and in it he mentions the church and has an interesting theory that because the first church was built around AD704 the builders not only used reused roman stone but possibly saw the wall turrets standing to almost full height & modelled the tower along the same lines? The tower has been added to over the centuries but a nice theory.
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The 11th Cent Arch made from used roman stone possibly from Chesters
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Warden Man, the reused and split roman altar
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Various burial stones and stone coffin
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The guide mentions these graves with iron hoops to stop grave robbing or the resurrection men, was Hexham a centre for anatomy students?
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Finally on the road down from Chesters fort a nice cross base by the river.
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If you visit please don't forget the change for the donation box to keep these places for future generations.
Church webpage & location

Session 4
Some great photos and updates posted this last session, it up to you guys in session 5 to pick up the photo thread.

Sunny enjoying Andys joke?
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A photo of session 1 and session 4, some hard work and great progress

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Session 4
A dry day for my visit today to see how session 4 are doing. The robber trench looks like a large one but only deturfing will tell?
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The Aqueduct excavated last year is looking great with its new fibre glass sections
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The intervallum road, quite a jumble!
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Session 4
Great photos, thanks for posting.

Session 4
Any Wediggers on site to lift the Dark earth of silence? Photos welcome.

Now there's something you don't see every day....
I hope my fellow digger will return next year, and with that in mind I'm making the roads safer for him.
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Session 4
Great images to start off the week from Charlie , sunny has added some photos to add to the collection keep um coming
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A sighting of digging legend Nigel in the centre
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A case of history repeating itself, hail this Monday
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The Flying Archaeologist
The programme is on again tonight at 8pm BBC4 worth watching

Session 4
Here's to a a great session 4, I hope those cameras are ready? You can post photos using Harry's step by step guide or if you prefer contact me & I'll post and resize on your behalf. Click on the link below for option two.
snowglobepete@btinternet.com

Session 3.1
"And so the end is nigh" thanks to the team 3 session crew for a very fun 2 weeks and being good sports whilst I took photos
A wide angle view taken last thing on Friday
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Andy explaining his current take on the site
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The roman water tank from 2012 returning to its former glory
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On the final afternoon this lovely wall appeared with possible doorway in its centre just below the finds pole
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One last look at the intervallum road this session
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And for the last time this session.....
Vindolanda 360 Friday 10th May

Session 3.1
A day of mixed wether, sun in the morning followed by a rummage for wooly hats in the afternoon but not a moment lost to rain. The large late roman building seems to be getting larger by the day! Perhaps session 4 will find the missing wall?
The intervallum road causes much pre lunch speculation
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The deturfing and search for flags continues in the morning sun
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The view from the spoil heap
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And finally the 360 photo link
Vindolnda 360 photograph

One more day left, session 4 diggers don't forget your cameras

Session 3.1
Not the best of days weatherise yesterday but there wasn't much time lost to rain, currently its a glorious looking day out there but change may be on its way?
The search for the intervallum road continues
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Beautifully cleaned wall running north south
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Session 3.1
The "relic of Brian" is now safely installed in the diggers hut for future excavators to marvel at or possibly throw darts at! Attached photo shows its stately progression onto site.
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Session 3.1
As regular excavators know the Twice Brewed Pub is officially the holder of the worst pub quiz in England and possibly everywhere else? Tonight due to a tragic accident another team failed to win and "Team Brian" forged ahead the win the star prize of a Peter and the Wolf LP (the special beer stained addition)

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Session 3.1
Another hot sunny day on site, work continues a pace, a film crew form Sky came to film today pictures later, till then a 360 photo to view

Vindolanda 360 7th May

Yua being interviewed by Sky and Holly
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Our star digger being filmed, can't remember seeing such a well dressed camera operator!
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Looking east at the walls
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Session 3
This from David Goldwater
"Nearly forty years between these pictures the geezer with the Chevy Chase hair on the earlier one also appears in the May 2013 one!"
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Session 3
David Goldwater has added some great photos from 1971 onwards, please check out the previous diggers journal section

Blast from the Past 1971 to Present
David Goldwater has been back to his extensive photo archive to post up some amazing shots
Images from the 1972 season
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Note Robin Birley in this image
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Note the timber replica in the background
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The walk up to the east car park with the fort in the background
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The east wall before excavation
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David says "Vallum in Elswick in the 1960s, the Vallum could be seen crossing this now demolished Crown Street up Westgate Hill. A double dip across the cobbles and even a collapsed house on the right."
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