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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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AndrewJohnson
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SALVE, MATER; SALVE, PATER
(An archaeology student e-mails home)

Salve, Mater; Salve, Pater
Here I am at Vindolanda
And it is very - educating
Or it would be if it wasnít quite so bracing

We went de-turfing with Doctor Birley
And he made us get up really early
All my best friends are in Ibiza
Not stuck up here - itís like a freezer

Take me home, O Mater, Pater
Take me home, from Vindolanda
Trust me - this is not ingratitude
But I donít feel good here at this latitude

You should see the magnitude of the midges
My skin is just ablaze with itches
And I donít want this should scare ya
But my room-mateís now got malaria

Take me home, I promise I will study
And my new T-shirt wonít then get muddy
Oh please Ė donít make me stay
Iíve been here - one whole day

Respected Pater, Darling Mater
This is really a non-starter
Please let me home - if you miss me
I will even let dear Nannie hug and kiss me

Wait a minute - the windís stopped howling
Folk are digging - folk are trowíling
The sun is shining, now thatís better
Vale, Mater; Vale, Pater - kindly disregard this letter.

(with acknowledgements to the late Allan Sherman,
whose Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah was a hit in AD 1963,
after the Beatlesí First LP)
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Session 1 · 2013