Hiatus

SacoHarry
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October 17th, 2013, 5:04 pm #1

Effective November 15th WeDigVindolanda’s administrators will be mothballing the site. No new posts will be possible afterward.

WeDig has been a great deal of fun, and a valuable resource for active volunteers and armchair archeologists around the world. But if archeology teaches anything it is that things change. Seven years is brief for an Empire, but an eternity on the Internet. The current setup hasn’t aged well and needs renovations far above the time or energy of your humble admins. Rather than limp into decrepitude, we decided to end with heads high.

WeDig was begun with two big goals: (1) provide an online forum for volunteers to stay in touch, and (2) be a place to show off each year’s progress in the trenches.

Modern social media has better tools now to do the former. And after years of uncertainty the Vindolanda Trust now has its very well-maintained official blog to handle the latter.

When WeDig was begun, many in the archaeology community doubted the value/interest in unveiling life in the trenches -- and giving laypeople a forum to discuss it. Today, hopefully WeDig’s popularity has put those doubts to rest. (Googling “Vindolanda” puts WeDig on or near the first page.) The Trust has followed WeDig’s lead and started an official blog that has in its premier year done a fine job of providing regular updates and discussions of interesting artifacts. No doubt, veteran WeDiggers are eager for the Trust to continue its quality postings. Visit them at http://vindolanda.blogspot.co.uk/

As for staying in touch, we are exploring a FaceBook group or similar idea for diggers -- will send out an email once things are shored up. We hope to see you there!

The WeDig archives for 2006-2013 will still be available for the foreseeable future. (As will the well-traveled Digger’s Guide. Its pages on Vindolanda’s history, periods, area attractions, and special features will be relevant for years to come.)

It is bittersweet stepping back from WeDig, but it is also the right thing to do. Those of you who love Vindolanda and Hadrian’s Wall have probably all at one time or another stood amongst ancient stones as shadows grow long. It is humbling to feel so young among much that is so very old. And at the same time to realize that we as individuals are here today and gone tomorrow.

VALE NOS EXCAVO!
WEDIGVINDOLANA MMVI to MMXIII

-- Harry, Tim, and Pete
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SacoHarry
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October 17th, 2013, 5:11 pm #2

As to your humble admins they continue to thrive. It is rather unlikely that keeping up with our activities was much of a factor in the steady stream of traffic over the years, but those interested in doing so are welcome.

SacoHarry wanders the seaside and holds forth on matters related to preserving our oceans and shorelines at http://www.pressherald.com/blogs/undercurrents. Badger continues to post on archeology as well as other semi coherent mumblings at http://detritusofempire.blogspot.com/. And Snowglobe remains a shadowy figure, always behind the camera, seldom in front. You can see his photographic work at https://foap.com/market/tags/Pandahat (please use photos from private sources with permission and full credit!).
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Justin-T
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October 17th, 2013, 11:43 pm #3

This is sad news indeed, but we definitely seemed to have run out of steam this season. :'(

Thanks to Harry, Tim and Pete for all the time and effort you've put into the site since 2006, it was a great resource and meeting place. Hope to see you all and the other WeDiggers again in another online space (or better still, in a trench just outside Haltwhistle).
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October 18th, 2013, 2:03 am #4

Just want to say how much I appreciated the WeDigers site - so much valuable information to be gleaned from the posts. Kindest regards to the Admin and to all the readers and posters. Many thanks,
Kathryn.
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snowglobe
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October 18th, 2013, 11:20 am #5

Harry summed it up perfectly, thanks to him for the time and great effort put in over the years, I'm glad I got involved and thanks to all Wediggers for contributing or just visiting the website. Vindolanda has increased my love of archaeology and vastly increased my circle of friends.

I will post up a roll call for 2014, the website will close to new posts but not before signing up day for the new season. If you get your dates in by the 14th November they can be viewed after this time for the foreseeable future. If I'm lucky I'll see you in the trenches next year.

From the Langdale valley
Signing off
Pete
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October 18th, 2013, 5:48 pm #6

Great job done by all - especially for those of us who don't do social media! But - i think you're right - the Vindolanda blog and on-line chatting can do the job in a more up to date way. See you all next year hopefully.
Fiona
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October 18th, 2013, 8:46 pm #7

Hi Harry, Pete and Tim,

many thanks for hosting WeDig, but everything runs its course. I know that not everyone does FB/Twit/et al, but at least those who don't now have the Vindolanda blog to help them keep up to date. Those of us who do may meet again on the other side.
TTFN
MooseandHobbes
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October 19th, 2013, 4:12 am #8

Someday, far off and far away though that day may be, I shall "go on" Facebook. Probably not until it is entirely antiquated and you young kids have wifi electrodes screwed directly into your skulls.

Until then, Moosey, your moniker "I don't do blogs" has been all too true of late. You'd best be having some adventures of note to excuse this.

Badger
ps: Snowglobe, loved the "selfie"
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Justin-T
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October 20th, 2013, 11:54 am #9

SacoHarry wrote:As for staying in touch, we are exploring a FaceBook group or similar idea for diggers -- will send out an email once things are shored up.
It occurs to me that perhaps there might be a place for consultation of the WeDig community about what comes next? There's a month in which that might be discussed here before the doors creak shut and the lock is turned...
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SacoHarry
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October 20th, 2013, 4:37 pm #10

Justin-T wrote:It occurs to me that perhaps there might be a place for consultation of the WeDig community about what comes next? There's a month in which that might be discussed here before the doors creak shut and the lock is turned...
Was thinking the same thing! WeDig lived for years because it has been a community, whatever comes next will be strongest if the WeDig community is involved in thinking it through.
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