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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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(May 7 - May 11)

A week that started wet and ended wet but still gave diggers many dividends, opened up new swaths of territory, and provided the required head-scratchers.

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Week 6 moved all the rest of the energy to the west of the visitors' pathway. Site 4a was extended southward. And site 4b was extended west. Some diggers continued exposing and tidying the N/S vicus road and its drains. Others worked in a series of confusing north/south trenches. The battle against incoming groundwater meant the digging of many deep sumps to stay ahead of Mother Nature. By midweek anaerobic conditions had been reached and intact wood and leather was starting to show up. Sadly a late Wednesday deluge wiped out most of the rest of the week.

Still, it was a good week for finds. A tile stamped with a pawprint, a lead phallus, a half-legible script written on the side of a brick, a lead plug to an amphora, beads, a glass perfume bottle, figured samian ware, barrel staves. Also the usual vicus enigmas -- walls where they shouldn't be, ditches running into or over each other. And a guided tour up Barcombe Hill one evening.

By week's end the vicus road looked great, the earlier n/s ditches just to its west were coming into focus, and the relation between the vicus aqueduct and the stone causeway under it were becoming at least a bit more clear.

Many thanks to snowglobe, Badger, and Brinno for the updates & pictures, all of which can be seen here.
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