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.
Bursary application form