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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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Andy
Dr Andrew Robin Birley
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The new Vindolanda footpaths. We have extended the foot path scheme to include the entire network of paths on the site, not just the link from site to museum down the steep bank. This will make a HUGE difference to people navigating the site and will cut journey time down by up to 5 minutes from the site to the museum and have a positive impact on both maintenance of the site and wear and tear on the monument. By the time the excavation season kicks off on the 4th of April we hope to have at least one of the major routes from the west gate admission building to the Museum door completed if not both. The attached image shows the path foundation on the most difficult section, the bank from the museum to the site. This foundation will have 2 more layers placed over it to provide an excellent finish which will take buggies, wheelchairs and walking visitors across the site with comfort and ease. The new paths are being placed OVER the existing network of paths outside the fort and therefore have no impact into the archaeological environment. They are not being dug into the ground. A permeable membrane set into the paths will help drain surface water from the surface so that the majority of visitors in 2010 will no longer have to navigate the occasional lake, mountain stream or morass of mud which were the consequences of heavy rain or snowfall in previous years.

The end product will make Vindolanda a great deal more accessible to visitors and the new paths will be uniform in construction and therefore will have less of a visual impact on the site than the old network.

Of course, as you can now get to the museum from the excavation shed a lot quicker, I may have to consider cutting down the length of the lunch break!
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