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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!

Session 9
Thanks for the visit yesterday, and the photos, snowglobe!

Another sunny day for digging, but it did get almost too hot after lunch. Lots of finds around the site, including a lovely piece of decorated and stamped samian from the road running between the two 3rd c. barrack blocks.

Session 9
Absolutely fantastic day for digging - Blue skies, a few clouds and a breeze. Work continued in the same areas of the fort in the morning. After lunch, my trench mates, Andrew and Lee, and I were moved a bit further north along the intervallum road. We are now working on removing the 4th c. road and exposing the 3rd c. road and drain. Lots of pottery, animal bone, and a few bits of glass. The Staff of Recognition is being put to good use in various areas.

The Hedley Centre crew also participated in the Twicey pub quiz, and, after coming through the joker cards unscathed, won third prize!

Photo 1 & 2: new trench before and after today's work
Photo 3: Third prize in the Twicey pub quiz

Session 9
Excellent start to session 9 today. We made a good start in the morning, and it began raining just before lunch. During lunch break, it started absolutely pouring. We were rained off between lunch and tea, so Dr. Beth Greene gave us an excellent lecture on The Leather Assemblage at Vindolanda. Back out in the trenches after tea, as the sun and a strong breeze had come back to dry out the site.

I'm working in the south west corner of the excavation area, removing the layers above the intervallum road. Mostly pottery, nails and a few bits of animal bone. Most exciting piece was some decorated samian with the figure of a man.

Work is continuing on the road and drain between two of the 3rd century barracks, in the north east corner of the excavation area. People are also working inside some of the barrack rooms.

A small crew is finishing up the work in the north field - they had a lot of bailing to do today.

Session 9
Those of you who excavated with me last year know that I am an avid geocacher. This year, I have launched a few more Roman Soldier travel bugs in the caches around Vindolanda. Here they are before being sent out into the world. Hopefully they visit many Roman sites throughout the Empire!

Session 9
After months of waiting, I'm finally back at Vindolanda and settled into my room at the Hedley Centre.

The Hedley crew went to check out the site, to see what had changed since we were last here/to see what it was all about if we were new. I can't tell you much about the excavation area, as it is a bit convoluted, but I've taken some pictures for those who are following along (all taken looking east across the excavation). I also tried to take a photo of the excavation area from the top of Barcombe Hill, but there is a tree right in the way!!

Better photos tomorrow once I have some context!

Session 9
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