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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!

Week 9
May 30 2012, 01:04 PM
Maybe everything should just be "4-something" from here on out. I like that!

Love the pics, especially:

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I got those 3 drains/ditches right, right? (For those keeping track, this is standing in the north of 4a at the western edge of the aqueduct; looking south into what's becoming 4d.)

Were these defenses at all? Or just basic drains/water channels for the early forts?
I dunno wot they were. Spent some time with Paul in the one to the far left of the pic, which had something like hard standing at the bottom of it. Compacted pebbly type layer (for want of an euhm, technical, term), some big flag-stone type things and cobble-like things too. The drains/ditches are intriguing though.

Thanks for posting the extra pics Paul - really interesting to see what's happening.

Week 9
May 30 2012, 10:46 AM
Oh no. We can't call 4d "Sunny Valley" any more, despite the ironic turn in the weather ;)

The whole idea of you as a 'valley girl' makes me rolf.

Thanks for the grid, Justin.

Week 9
*applauds* Fab, thanks :D

Week 9
Am with Malise - system for us dum dums please! If it's a vote, trench nicknames linked to features for general forum discussion works for me.

Week 9
Oooh, gosh, exciting to see it get uncovered further, thank you for posting these.

So the structures that look a bit like walls there are road foundations? What about the channel that seems to be between them which we thought might be a drain at the bottom - slopes away and almost no finds except at the very bottom of it? What are people thinking about it now?

2012 Barcombe Hill walk
We did part of the walk along the stone quarries and graffito, coming down from the iron age fort, it was well worth it and notes interesting. We did, though, get slightly lost finding out way from the end point of the walk, back onto the road. So if there's chance of a bit more info about that, that would be great?

Week 8
Great to see how it's progressing - thanks for posting these. Right, back to what I should be doing...

Week 7 reports
Thanks for posting the pic of it Badger - I failed to take one, is there some way of downloading it?

Yes, I definitely had beginner's luck. The horse's head was pretty awesome though, and there was talk of finding out what wine was in the amphora - vintage vindolandese, I'd say. The dig is a team effort anyway; some poor sod had to deturf the top of where I found the tablet but didn't get the find. I had a lot of fun, met some cool folks, and hope to be back next year. Will be keeping up via wedig til then.

Nights at the Twicey...
Sunny the riveter...and Kieran in a silly hat.

What to bring?
Mike C
May 10 2012, 01:48 PM
Aka as smalls...well my case shuts - just. Have no 'anti-mildew cream' what are the odds it's not worth buying?

Anything else now is going to have to go in my handbag or else in with the wellies (and lovely, hygienic Thames mud that is reluctant to come off).

Thank you all for your reccomendations

What to bring?
So...coming on Sunday, is there any point in me buying walking boots? I have so far:

Leggings x2prs
Waterproof trews to go over leggins (and smalls to go under them!)
Walking socks, long ones
Lightweight, wind/waterproof pac-a-mac
Heavier weight, longer waterproof coat
Cargo pants
Various t-shirt, zip hoodie, fleece layers.
Gardening gloves (thanks MooseandHobbes!)
Sun cream left over from last year Greek hols (hollow laugh)
Ablutions and aftercare skin stuff.

Need to get washing up gloves, anything else I lack, given current climate?