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Possible Vindolanda Excavation Extras
GUIDED TOUR - Area walks (say, Barcombe Hill, Stanegate, Chainley Burn) 19 (5.4%)
GUIDED TOUR - Museum behind-the-scenes 42 (11.9%)
LECTURES - Guest lecturers from other Wall sites 11 (3.1%)
LECTURES - Vindolanda lecturers discussing Vindolanda-specific topics 45 (12.8%)
LECTURES - Specialist lecturers discussing things like bone, dendrochronology, etc. 20 (5.7%)
LECTURES - General archaeology: choosing what to preserve, challenges/opportunities 15 (4.3%)
IN-DEPTH - Specialist work: examining/cataloging bone, dendrochronology, pottery, coins 59 (16.8%)
IN-DEPTH - Conservation lab: What it takes to preserve a shoe, dagger, brooch, tablet, etc. 60 (17%)
IN-DEPTH - Training in surveying and recording 41 (11.6%)
IN-DEPTH - Stratigraphy: How ditches fill, reuse of foundations, seeing color/texture changes 21 (6%)
DIGGER PERKS - Digger Kit (personalized trowels, kneelers, gloves, other souvenirs) 6 (1.7%)
DIGGER PERKS - Adopt-a-shoe (pay for cleaning, preservation, storage of one leather sandal) 4 (1.1%)
NOTHING! - I like my experience just fine, don't fix what isn't broken 9 (2.6%)
Total Votes: 352
Vindolanda Excavation Expansion; What would -you- like to see?
Topic Started: Oct 2 2010, 07:54 PM (4,328 Views)
SacoHarry
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You may have seen this great thread on possible directions for the future of excavation at Vindolanda. Following from it, Andy and the WeDig admins had a brief talk and agreed that input and thoughts from WeDig'ers would be very helpful in shaping long-term plans.

The idea is simple: Andy and the Trust are thinking of providing a wider range of opportunities for Vindolanda volunteers. However, everything is a balance between resources, enthusiasm, time, experience, etc. Some changes are already in motion for 2011. But a long-term discussion about what people would like is key to making it happen -- and getting it right.

So as a first step, we've put together a poll of some general "extras" -- things that might be made available in future years. Remember, this is the beginning of a long-term discussion. There is no guarantee that any of these will happen. But it's an effort to take stock and rethink what the Vindolanda experience is and can be. Please take a moment to make your voice heard. And if you wish, please feel free to post any specific thoughts, ideas, concerns. All input is welcome!

You may choose up to 3 items in the poll.

And please don't forget to vote in the second, shorter poll on how you would best like to see this resourced!
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Malise McGuire
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Only 3 votes? Bit limiting isn't it? Perhaps 4 votes, then I could have put in 'behind the scenes in the Museum' as well, seeing as how I suggested something of that ilk to Andy earlier this year.

Conservation and seeing what goes on behind scenes is very important; preserving the object and making it fit for display and knowing what it is in the first place! :D

So if I were lucky enough to have 4, that would be my final answer.

Malise
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SacoHarry
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Yeah, picking a limit number is tricky. It's a balance between giving folks a chance to accurately list their wishes, while also making sure that the data is robust. That is, that the choices are really what people greatly want, rather than what they think would be kinda neat. That said, I'm glad you posted a 4th in the thread! Like I say, the more feedback and input that Andy can get, the better he'll be able to gauge what the community wants.
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Lesley
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So difficult to choose 3. There were at least 5 I would like! Did manage to make a decision but it was difficult!
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Sue Munro
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Likewise I could have picked most of them actually!
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georgina
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With you on that Malise, 3 choices are slightly limiting and my 4th would have been behind the scenes at the museum also. As a digger at another location where weekend and day courses + lectures are held it adds enormous value to both the site specifics and location of the dig as well as the general knowledge package of archaeology.
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wodenborn
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well it's been a couple of years since I donned the digging clogs and put the trusty trowel into top gear - due I am afraid to ill health...but my interest in Vindolanda indeed the whole Roman frontier zone is undiminished.

most of the topics above are of interest, some have practical applications, for example understanding the processes of deposition aids the identification and excavation of stratigraphy......

Understanding the needs of the conservators makes careful and proper excavation of the artifacts easier to ensure across the site.

Having lecturers in from other sites helps to place Vindolanda into a much broader context and engenders a greater understanding of what the "Romans" were actually up to in the North of Britain - apart from picking on the Britunculi that is.

anything which educates on-site creates a better digger

all sounds very Shanks & Tilley....oh dear...apologies

Chris
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emjharding
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This is a really great idea Harry. I was thinking something along these lines myself...that it would be wonderful to have some field school activities. I haven't voted in the second poll yet as I'm not sure how these extras should be funded. On the one hand, a flat fee would take care of everything and people could enrol in whatever course or lecture they liked. On the other hand, such a flat fee might make it all very expensive and put people off. And let's face it, some might fancy just one particular lecture or whatever. Perhaps you could have different options. I'll mull it over a bit longer.

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Fiona D
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Hi - posted my reply on resourcing section by mistake - but great idea.
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Jackster
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I have replied just for myself but 2 of my daughters and my husband also dig.
One of the girls would make the same choices as myself. Can she and the other 2 family members vote as well
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Jackster
Oct 4 2010, 03:46 PM
I have replied just for myself but 2 of my daughters and my husband also dig.
One of the girls would make the same choices as myself. Can she and the other 2 family members vote as well
That's exciting that so much of your family digs together! Sadly, there's no way to add multiple votes to an account or to alter poll information -- too many chances for spammers etc. to wreak havoc. But fear not. Andy wants this to be the beginning of a long discussion, an initial gauge in what the larger community wants to see. Broad strokes. If one of your choices is close to the top but misses by a vote or two, the difference won't mean that a program automatically gets the axe.
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Mike C
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:blink: Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa, there's to much choice & then again not enough!!!!!!!
I'm not bothered about diggers perks but I wanted everything else & can think of additional things.
There should be an opportunity for diggers to add to the list. :blink:
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tomind7
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Great idea!
I should think that just about all of us who volunteer have a wider interest in the whole subject of Roman Britain and would love to learn more. So I'm a guided tours and lecture fan.
Tom Ashworth
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MVG
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My first reply. :blink:
I'm from Germany and haven't been digging Vindolanda yet.
There's a wide range of Roman history in Germany, but there is not much national interest and only very few excaviation sites.
But we do have a very active reenactment-scene. Partly people who are passionate - partly people who are obsessed :P The "Kölner Stämme" (tribes of Cologne) were born from the carnival in Cologne, but became a subculture - some of them submit to a historical lifestyle 300 days per year. For them places like Vindolanda are so very important, because it's not a "game", but they try to "rebuild history". Not just reenacting, but re-experiencing.

I know a lot of these groups. Offiicial ones - and some who act in privacy. At open air museums it's quite normal to "reenact" past century's lifestyle - I've seen examples in the US, Britain and Germany.
Vindolanda is of VERY special interest for me (because it's obviously a place where different cultures and political changes happened in a very special way). The few "meet a Roman soldier"-events are nice. But since my very first visit I had the "vision" of a a place near Vindolanda or the Roman Army Museum, where history is brought to life. Not with actors, but with dedicated "reenactors". Not as a "show-act", but as an experiment in which Vindolanda (and the finds) "is (are) brought to life".

I think this would be a great thing for visitors of all ages, excaviators (see a replica of THE amphora in use :P ), scientists,... I think the best way to gain knwoledge is to use all your senses. Most important for me is the background: it should not be some kind of acting, where someone dresses like a Roman soldier and is instructed to act... It should be a "scientific lab".

My personal "perfect addition" to Vindolanda as it is would be a small "brought to life"-Vindolanda. Something which doesn't just stimulate your eyes and brain, but is a "holistic experience of history". A place where passionate reenactors and passionat scientists come together - not just for discussing some finds, but to try them out in an "open-air-lab".

Greetings

Merle (having a hard time expressing her thoughts in English - sorry! *s*)

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Fiona D
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Totally agree with everyone - this is a great idea - but not sure about the evening sessions during the digging. I was too tired to do that. Does anyone else agree with me that this would be a great way of extending our interest and our contribution into Autumn and possibly early Spring, both seaons where a lot of us may have more time on our hands, and it wouldn't interfere with the dig. It could also extend Vindolanda's income stream!
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