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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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MBetz
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Harry-
I love maps and have the OS OL 43 Explorer map. On it are plenty of earthworks like camps and tumuli, and weirdly named features like the "mare and foal". I have the "Roman Camps in England" book by RCHME and it is quite good for explaining the basic layout of camps. So few have been archaeologically tested. Seatsides, the camp west of Vindolanda on the stanegate, is one of those many that has not been excavated to my knowledge. It is unfortunate that metal detector testing is not allowed on scheduled sites. To me, detectors are another tool for understanding the make up of an area (hate the word "site", too many definitions by archaeologists for that word). The detectorists do not need to dig the "hit" but recording the type of metal, how far into the earth and location can be helpful in seeing any patterns that might explain what went on previously in the detectored area. GPS plotting of the detector hits along with the basic data seems very helpful, and no actual digging would have been done. Maybe for this next five year plan for the Hadrian's Wall heritage zone, more test excavation in selected camps can be done to help put the camps around Vindolanda in a context that would explain the development of the central location on the stanegate route.

Andy- What was your dissertation on for your Master's? Justin must be sweating a decision for his. I think he has to have one shortly. Justin, do you have one yet? I'm just finishing module one so I have some time.

Does the Vindolanda Trust purchase the Archaeologia Aeliana (sp?)? I can not access it from online and I know a great amount of reports have been published in that journal for Northumberland and Hadrian's Wall. That would be a great couple of days just sitting and reading all the back issues. I am such a goober!
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