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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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This winter, Mike did a very big thing. He took the notes from the Geoblog and compiled them into a full text of the Geology of Vindolanda. I've just finished compiling & uploading them to the Digger's Guide. It's in 12 sections, divided into two pages: Part I and Part II.

This is an amazing amount of work, and an amazing resource. We tend to think of history in human terms. But much of our history is shaped by the resources under our feet -- the things that we had to learn to make do with. It's the same at Vindolanda, and the Wall in general. The remarkable Whin Sill -- the ridge that gives the Wall its imposing overlook. How did it get there? What kind of stone did the garrisons at Vindolanda use to create their forts? Limestone? Sandstone? How did it get there? What other resources (and obstacles) did they have to contend with? Why has some of the stone held up well, while other areas crumble?

Mike's "Geology of Vindolanda" will help answer all of this. It will also take any interested WeDig'er on a 300-million year tour of northern England. You can start to understand how ancient mountains, deserts, seas, and glaciers created the Tynedale known to Roman soldiers -- and modern diggers.

A huge Thanks! to you, Mike, for taking the time & energy to make this resource available to all.

- Harry
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