Bronze hand discovery

Vindolanda Trust - Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Bronze hand attributed to a Roman God Jupiter Dolichenus unearthed at Vindolanda. A new five-year research excavation started at Roman Vindolanda in April 2018. The research targets the distinct Severan period of Vindolanda’s history c. AD 208-212, an era defined by internal conflict, civil war, genocide and the rebellion against Roman rule. Vindolanda’s archaeologists, assisted by a team of volunteers from around the world, were only a few weeks into to the excavation season when a remarkable artefact was uncovered in the top layers of the northern Severan ditch fill, some 1.5 meters below the modern-day Read more...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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