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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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(April 30 - May 4)

Sealed ditches, gorgeous roadways, a Severan causeway, and an enormous mystery slab lifted. Week 5 brought a lot to the table.

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Early in Week 5 the buzz was about an enormous flagstone found in area 1b. It was thought it might even be the top to a late burial. But when the heavy equipment lifted it up... only more soil lay below.

But the real energy & news came from west of the modern pathway, in areas 4a, b, & c. 4c revealed great cobbling and high-quality drainwork on a north-south vicus (Period VII) road. In 4b, the road continued. Underneath it and just slightly to the west was a sealed ditch from an earlier period, likely Severan (Period VI-B). At 4a/4b this earlier ditch ran directly underneath the eastern edge of the vicus aqueduct. Remarkably, diggers found there a causeway edged by beautifully squared large stones. The causeway -- built when the earlier ditch was in service -- provided the most solid ground for the later aqueduct to follow.

Diggers working down into the tops of the earlier ditch in various places found twigs and other organics -- signs of good anaerobic preservation. Unfortunately they also found that Vindolanda's legendary underground watercourses were filling up their trenches almost as fast as they could dry them out!

Lastly, down the aqueduct a bit to the west, diggers came down onto a rarity at Vindolanda -- natural clay subsoil! And cut into that subsoil was a number of lines and curves. An enigma carved into an enigma.

Big thanks to snowglobe for the images & details. All can be found at the Week 5 page!
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