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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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Hey everyone,

This year has been going hell bent from the start. Justin's Area B started a week after Andy in Area A but that hasn't slowed down the finds any. Andy had three great weeks of weather for the beginning in his trench and Justin had a couple of busy weeks to begin. Finds of a possible mauseleum that had already been robbed, possibly in antiquity, and numerous wooden posts along with a number of hard packed floor surfaces has kept Justin guessing as to what exactly is going on in Area B. A set of four posts, two being rather large like those found last year, have extended the possible pre-Hadrianic building to almost 50 meters runing east-west. Further smaller posts are most likely a part of the buildings that would go with the Hadrianic floors that seem to be more of the workshops excavated a few years back and now on display. No major stone architectural features have come to light but as Justin has been heard to say, "the season is still young". Most recently Justin's crews have been widening the search for more posts to see if the massive timber building has made a turn to the south or is a lone structure with no attached wings. Rain these past few days has slowed progress but the report is for brightening skies middle of next week. Hopefully the meteorologists aren't throwing out false hope!

Andy's crews in Area A have been working in two of the vicus buildings that are on the north side of the main road into the west gate of the extant fort. The buildings are nearest the fort walls and have not been excavated below their late Empire vicus floors. Work has progressed deepest in the building further upslope (west) and finds have included a couple of leather shoe soles, bits of leather, worked wood, and part of a wattle fence. The archaeology is just at the top of the fill to the Antonine era ditches and once the water level drops a few feet some great finds should be awaiting dicovery by us volunteers. Half of the road between the two buildings has been excavated to an older road surface. Finds were few and large rocks requiring the sledgehammer were many! The north half of the roadway still needs excavation and may be slated for this week as the rain has made it unlikely for any work to be done in the "pit". The building closest to the fort wall was gotten to with a vengeance this past week. The whole team worked in the building dropping it down in places to a well made flag stone floor surface. Kudos to Linda, a brand new volunteer, on finding teh beatiful piece of "gladiator" glass. So far that has been the find of the season. Hopefully more will turn up in th ecoming weeks and the whole glass pattern can be pieced together.

If you need more updates to satisfy your archaeological appetite you can read my blog at http://diggerjournal.blogspot.com. I update evry few days about all sorts of things going on at Vindolanda and around the area. Good luck to all of us that still have some dig time left and to those of you who are done for teh season thanks for lending a trowel and wheelbarrow. Enjoy the season all.
Matt
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Excavations · 2007