There is no artefact more common than pottery on a Roman site like Vindolanda. Pottery is the stuff that people used every day for preparing, cooking, serving, eating, drinking, storing things, and even playing with. The soldiers and civilians at Vindolanda had oodles of it and, luckily, they left an enormous amount of it around for us to find among the buildings, roads and ditches on the site!
Drag. 37 bowl, Stamped on the rim by Satono, Lezoux, Central Gaul, AD 160-200
This summer, a team of volunteers will be at Vindolanda helping out with the preliminary post-excavation work of washing, drying, sorting and recording a multitude of amphorae, mortaria, samian ware, grey wares, black-burnished ware. Dishes, bowls, platters, cups, beakers, lids, flagons and jugs are common enough finds and they all need to be sorted, counted and weighed.
A Dressel 20 amphora drying in the foreground during the 2013 excavation season - Olive oil anyone?
Throughout the 2014 season I will feature some of the pottery finds from the site here on the Blog. But you can visit us to see much, much more at Vindolanda as we work out on site. We will be there, Mon-Fri, until 4.30 pm, in the trenches and at the post-excavation shed, from Monday 7th April, 2014.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Posted by Kate Sheehan-Finn at 9:37 pm