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...

Thank you Lottery players

Vindolanda Trust - Wednesday, November 22, 2017
From 11 to 17 December 2017, we are opening our doors for free to National Lottery players. The Vindolanda Trust will be throwing open its doors for free to National Lottery players during the week of 11 to 17 December 2017 at Roman Vindolanda and on 16 and 17 December at the Roman Army Museum. They are two of 350 participating National Lottery funded visitor attractions across the UK in saying ‘thanks’ to people who have raised money for good causes by buying a lottery ticket. The Vindolanda Trust has received support for both of its attractions and most is currently building a new gallery and activity c Read more...

Exquisite collection of Roman cavalry finds.

Vindolanda Trust - Sunday, September 10, 2017
Swords, arrow heads and ballista bolts amongst a cache of artefacts discovered during cavalry barrack excavations at Roman Vindolanda. During the past few weeks archaeologists at the Roman fort of Vindolanda have made one remarkable discovery after another in what has been an exceptional year for the research excavations. Test pit excavations, below the stone foundations of the last stone fortress revealed a layer of black, sweet smelling and perfectly preserved anaerobic, oxygen free, soils in an area where they were completely unexpected. Hidden in this soil were the timber walls and floors, fences, pottery and anim 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...

The Wooden underworld secures National Lottery funding

Vindolanda Trust - Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Toilet seats and potter’s wheels – rare preserved artefacts of everyday Roman life to be seen by public for first time at top Hadrian’s Wall attraction. The Vindolanda Trust has gained full support with a £1.3m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to secure the future of its internationally significant collection of wooden Roman artefacts and enable the public to see many of them for the first time. The Vindolanda site, possibly best known as the discovery place of Britain’s oldest surviving handwritten documents and thousands of ancient Roman shoes also has a vast collection  Read more...

Winter Opening 2016-2017

Vindolanda Trust - Sunday, October 16, 2016
After a wonderful summer at Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum, our trustees have decided on the below opening hours for winter 2016-2017. Vindolanda will remain open daily up to and including January 1st 2017, except Christmas Day. The Roman Army Museum will be open every weekend and available for group bookings of 20 or more. Please contact the office for further details. Roman Vindolanda Museum & Fort Daily 10am to 4pm 1st Nov 2016 to Jan 1st 2017 (Closed Christmas Day) Last admission: 45 minutes before closing Roman Army Museum Weekends Only 10am to 4pm 1st  Read more...

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