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 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...
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...
Vindolanda Trust - Sunday, April 10, 2016
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 Trust - Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Nowhere gets you closer to the Romans on Hadrian’s Wall than the fort and settlement of Vindolanda, the extraordinary hoard of personal artefacts gives you a unique insight into the lives of people living here 2000 years ago. The latest addition to the collection of artefacts from the current excavation has certainly made an impression on everyone. Someone 2000 years ago quite literally put their foot in it and as a result a volunteer digging at the site has unearthed a tile with a clear imprint of a human foot that accidentally, or perhaps mischievously stood on the freshly made object.
The partial print of a right Read more...
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...