Rare Ancient Roman Boxing Gloves Uncovered at Vindolanda.

Vindolanda Trust - Monday, February 19, 2018
During the summer of 2017 Vindolanda archaeologists enjoyed one of their most successful annual research excavation seasons to date with one remarkable discovery after another coming to light. A small hoard of wafer thin Vindolanda Writing Tablets, many full of ancient cursive script, was quickly followed by a cache of material culture uncovered during the excavation of a pre-Hadrianic cavalry barrack. The finds included complete swords, copper alloy horse gear, more precious writing tablets, leather shoes, bath clogs, combs, dice and two very unusual and distinctive pieces of leather. These two unusual leather objects have ver Read more...

Tablets unearthed at Vindolanda

Vindolanda Trust - Monday, July 10, 2017
An Exciting New Hoard of Ancient Roman Writing Tablets Unearthed at Vindolanda. On the afternoon of Thursday the 22nd of June, at the Roman fort of Vindolanda in Northumberland, archaeologists made one of their most important discoveries since 1992. A new hoard of around 25 Roman ink documents, known as the Vindolanda writing tablets (letters, lists and personal correspondence), were discovered lying in the damp and anaerobic earth where they had been discarded towards the end of the 1st century AD. These incredibly rare and fragile wafer-thin pieces of wood are often less than 2mm in thickness and about the size of modern  Read more...

Vindolanda Volunteer opportunities 2016

Vindolanda Trust - Sunday, April 10, 2016
Volunteer Opportunities. Join the team and bring Roman Vindolanda to life Are you passionate about Vindolanda, Hadrian’s Wall and the Romans? Do you want to share your enthusiasm with others? Would you like to get hands on experience with objects from Roman Vindolanda, some almost 2000 years old? Join our volunteering team and become part of the Vindolanda experience. Vindolanda Heritage Volunteer Guides The Vindolanda Trust is looking for volunteers to join its heritage guiding team. This programme, now running for its seventh season has been very successful for the guides and  Read more...

Vindolanda Excavations 2016

Vindolanda Trust - Sunday, March 27, 2016
The 2016 Excavation program runs from April through to September. From Monday to Friday each week ( except July 3rd to July 7th ) you can watch live excavations in progress from 10am to 4.30pm. Keep up to date with everything happening on the Vindolanda Excavations 2016 via the official Blog! Click here for the official blog (/_blog/excavation) Read more...

Bespoke toilet seat company pledges funds towards preservation of ancient loo seat.

Vindolanda Trust - Tuesday, October 07, 2014
As world-wide interest in the discovery of an ancient toilet seat in Northumberland continues a bespoke toilet seat manufacturer Tosca & Willoughby based in Oxfordshire have stepped forward and pledged a cash sum towards its preservation. James Williams, Director of Tosca & Willoughby said ‘we are absolutely fascinated by the discovery of a perfectly preserved ancient loo seat, as our own seats are handcrafted we admire the Roman craftsmanship which in this case has certainly stood the test of time’. Mr Williams approached the Vindolanda Trust to help support the conservation of this seat when discovering th Read more...

PRESS RELEASE - Earliest known wooden toilet seat discovered at Vindolanda

Vindolanda Trust - Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Finding something that you can relate to is always a special moment on an archaeological dig. At Vindolanda this is a common occurrence, a site where the special qualities lie not only in the discovery of gold and silver or artefacts which relate to the military might of the Roman Army but also of everyday ordinary items which nearly 2000 years later become extraordinary to the modern day visitors, volunteers and archaeologists alike. Personal letters, worn shoes, baby booties, socks, combs, jewellery, tools and textiles are just some of the items preserved in a remarkable condition that provide you with a unique window into the lives of  Read more...

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