Excavation reports

Vindolanda Trust - Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Excavation Reports

It has taken longer than we would have liked but the most recent excavation reports about Vindolanda are now available to purchase from the Vindolanda.com website shop as digital downloads at http://www.vindolanda.com/e-books-resources

I like a 'real' book as much as the next person (more probably!), but the price of printing the excavation reports makes them incredibly expensive and therefore inaccessible to a lot of people. Perhaps the best example of this is the recent granary excavation report which in print retails at just under £100, but is available from the website right now as a download for £15: http://www.vindolanda.com/e-books-resources/vindolanda-granary-report Therefore we have gone down the digital route, which also allows us to produce the reports in full colour. The latest edition to the collection is the report on the Extramural excavations from 2007 - 2012 by Justin Blake for £15: http://www.vindolanda.com/e-books-resources/2007-2013-report-on-the-vicus-excavations 

As time goes on we will continue to invest in the digital arm of the excavations and hope to include some new and exciting digital features as these become available, such as 3D modelling, within the digital reports. We hope that followers of Vindolanda will support our ambition to bring the finds and excavation reports into the digital age and make them more accessible to a wider audience. Older reports, such as the praetorium excavations of 1997-1998 that are now out of print will continue to appear for a huge discount:http://www.vindolanda.com/e-books-resources/excavation-report-1997

Watch this space for more regular updates. 

Best wishes,


Excavation Bursaries for 16-18 year olds

Vindolanda Trust - Thursday, November 06, 2014

2015 Excavation bursaries and places for 16-18year old's. 


The Vindolanda Trust is delighted to announce that through the generosity of The Roman Research Trust http://rrt.classics.ox.ac.uk/ and Roman Society http://www.romansociety.org/ it is collaborating to provide a number of funding opportunities to support 16-18 year old's who wish to participate in the Vindolanda excavations in 2015. Each successful applicant will be offered a two week placement on the Vindolanda excavations, and the bursary will cover the cost of participation on the excavation including full-board accommodation in the Vindolanda Trusts on-site Study centre http://www.vindolanda.com/excavate/hedley-centre but excludes travel to and from Vindolanda.  Applicants are required to fully complete the on-line application form and return it to Vindolanda no later than the deadline of the 30th of January 2015. Successful applicants will be notified by the 6th of February 2015 with their joining information.

2015 Excavation Programme

The Vindolanda Trust has been excavating the site of Vindolanda for over 44 years and each season of work has produced some of the most remarkable archaeology and finds to come from Roman Britain. The 400 volunteers who annually take part on the excavations come from all walks of life, and are a mixture of ages (applicants must be 16 or older), and originate from around the globe giving a truly international feel to the work.

The 2015 excavations at Vindolanda marks the half-way point in the Vindolanda Trust’s frontiers in transition archaeological project (for more information following this link: http://www.vindolanda.com/blog/excavation).  A project designed to illuminate how the many and often very different military communities at Vindolanda lived their lives on the very edge of Empire, from the first contact between the invading Roman army and the pre-Roman native population to the departure of the Roman army and its lasting legacy.

Research will be taking place in in two areas: The first of those is in the south-eastern quadrant of the 4th century stone fort; the second below the foundations of the 3rd century town or vicus and into the heart of the earlier pre-Hadrianic timber fort buildings. Both of these areas of excavation offer very different experiences of archaeology and the challenges and opportunities that go with them. The south-eastern quadrant of the fort forms part of a well preserved stone-built military installation with large barracks, broad roads and multiple layers of Roman and post-Roman occupation all tightly packed together. The excavations below the remains of the vicus are waterlogged, often deep and largely anaerobic (oxygen free) deposits with superb preservation of a very wide spectrum of archaeological material. This area is wet, smelly and deep, its buildings and artefacts shedding light on the people of Vindolanda who were stationed at Vindolanda before the construction of Hadrian’s Wall.

The Vindolanda Trust’s fieldwork season runs from the 30th of March to the 25th of September but please note that the places available through the bursary from The Roman Research Trust and Roman Society apply only to the following dates:

30th March – 10th April

10th August – 19th August

24th of August – 4th of September

Applicants should specify their preferred session when making their application and if successful will be allocated a single two week session. 

Application form

Bursary application form