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November 8th, 2010, 12:08 am #41

I suppose one obvious way the current system makes life difficult is that you need to have ready computer access, and apparently quick fingers, to get that request in right at the opening bell. Some of our more senior excavators might not be that computer savvy. For me the sign up happened when I was not even near a computer, but my spouse appears willing to go the extra mile to get me out of the house.


Hey, wait a minute....


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November 8th, 2010, 5:16 pm #42

Places are offered on a strictly first come first served basis. Each application is logged to the second, it is then printed out, and placed in a pile. We then go through each application in order, first in first dealt with and so on.

I know that there are a lot of frustrated Veterans out there, I know more than most! :-) And of course, I wish we could take everyone. As it is, over 60% of those coming next year are Veterans. Some might argue that this is a bit unhealthy in a way, and diminishes opportunities for new people to become involved, to have the experience. I can understand that argument (and the alternative which from us is that it is easier having a team of veterans!), but I cannot influence the applications which are transparent, either way.

Whatever the stats are in percentage, they are there on a first come, first served basis. I actually have nothing to do with the allocation of places. The office processes the applications in order of them being received by the website and then when the excavations are full, I get a list telling me who has been accepted.

We actually have 50 more places available than last year, even though we are consolidating the teams. There are no season breaks, and the season length has been maintained, hence the extra places. We do get cancellations throughout the year, people for whatever reason drop out occasionally through ill health, work or other commitments. As such we will place any new places on the website as soon as we can so that people are aware of them.

This year took us by storm. We have never in the history of the Vindolanda Trust had such a wave of applications from the very moment the applications became live. Never. We have never been absolutely 100% fully booked after 3 days, never.

Therefore I can completely understand how people are frustrated that they did not get on this time round, we are (Justin and I) frustrated that some of you are not joining us as well, but I only have 25 places a week this year and can't expand beyond them due to the nature of the dig (going deep down needs greater supervision).

I hope that the veterans understand and be assured, we do not pick people out, they pick themselves.

all my best,


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November 8th, 2010, 5:27 pm #43

and by the by,

I fully take on board the comments that there could be more ways to get involved with the work of the VT in the future other than just excavation. I agree and as such am investigating this, but can't honestly offer anything firm at the moment as the museum is a shell, we have no power, and are sitting amongst empty boxes and crates with builders knocking down every old gallery space at a great pace. Even the toilets are disconnected and the power is about to follow by the middle of the week.

Let things shake out from the huge changes taking place and then I will actively work on this aspect for the Vindolanda volunteers.

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November 11th, 2010, 5:29 pm #44

As has happened to someone else, as mentioned in the 'Pub', I too have come back from a holiday abroad with no reliable internet access and find that there are no places left. The question is: how do I get put on the standby list should someone drop out?
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November 12th, 2010, 1:37 pm #45

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November 29th, 2010, 7:35 pm #46

Andy,

Thanks for that - just got to work out the dates that are not possible for me - wedding (not mine :o ) mid-season with travel complications!
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November 29th, 2010, 7:40 pm #47

Someone was so aghast that I could not get a week this year that they pm'd me and suggested that someone with more than 3 weeks booked should give up a week. Nice, kind thought but it will not happen and I wouldn't want it that way.

However, perhaps from next year there could be a limit on the number of weeks that can be booked per person e.g. 2 or 3. This would free up a slot or two and if there are vacancies left after a week or two, perhaps they could be offered out to the 'old hands'. One down-side to this may be the lack of old hands to pair up with newbies to the extent that the archaeologists would like. Also, the admin of such a limit. Just a thought.
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January 13th, 2011, 6:22 pm #48

Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A vacancy came up and I have applied - I think successfully!
Sorry Andy, for 1 week your life will be a misery B) Ha ha. Looking forward to learning some new skills - in particular the surveying.
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January 14th, 2011, 1:38 am #49

NicC

Excellent.

I made my flight reservations yesterday, which warmed my perception of mid winter weather by a good 0.5 degrees.

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January 19th, 2011, 8:12 pm #50

It has been very quiet on WeDig of late, our UK members have the excuse of being snowed in!

But the annual report came in the mail yesterday, and it has me warming up a bit.

Since the main research question of the current round of excavations is the relationship 'twixt vicus and fort, I found the bronze griffon a paticularly compelling find. There had been some speculation that it was identical to the ornament in the recently sold Cumbria helmet, and it indeed looks like a dead ringer.

So somebody in the vicus had at least the "hood ornament" of a military parade cavalry helmet.

At one point Justin was trying to persuade us that the vast expanse of cobbles in the vicus was a parade ground, but it would hardly be big enough for cavalry maneuvers.

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