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...

Roman Army Museum Archaeological Detective voting results 2016

Vindolanda Trust - Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Since the opening of our new display at the Roman Army Museum in February 2016, which looks at ethnicity, women and children at the fort, we have been collecting your votes on three archaeological questions. The results are below… A man’s skull was found during our excavations. From the evidence provided in the display, who was he? Roman - 37% Barbarian - 17% British - 27% Italian - 19% From the evidence on display, did women live in Roman forts? Yes - 62% No - 38% How do you think the child found under a barrack floor died from reading the evidence provided? Murd Read more...

If the shoe fits

Vindolanda Trust - Monday, October 10, 2016
1,800 years ago the Roman army built one of its smallest but most heavily defended forts at the site of Vindolanda, which is now a part of the Frontiers of The Roman Empire World Heritage Site. The small garrison of a few hundred soldiers and their families took shelter behind a series of large ditches and ramparts, while outside the walls a war was raging between the northern British Tribes and Roman forces. Once the war was over (c AD 212) the troops and their dependants pulled out of the fort, and anything that they could not carry with them on the march was tossed into the defensive ditches. The rubbish in the ditches was then quickly Read more...

The Vindolanda Trust collection gains national quality accolade

Vindolanda Trust - Wednesday, May 25, 2016
The Vindolanda Charitable Trust near Bardon Mill, Hexham, has been officially awarded Designated status by the Arts Council England for its rare, unique and extraordinary collection of Roman artefacts from the Vindolanda archaeological site. Roman Vindolanda, situated in the central sector of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site is regarded as one of the most eminent archaeological sites in Britain. The site which pre-dates the construction of Hadrian’s Wall, was home to at least 9 forts and 400 years of Roman occupation. The ongoing annual excavations of this site have produced one  Read more...

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