Ancient footprint discovery leaves lasting impression at Vindolanda

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...

Exercise Mars Tablet

Vindolanda Trust - Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Injured service personnel to help uncover secrets of premier Roman site on Hadrian’s Wall The annual excavations at the Roman fort of Vindolanda in Northumberland are starting this year with the help of some very special volunteers. The Vindolanda Trust has given 10 of its highly sought after excavation places in the opening two week period to Operation Nightingale, an award winning project run by the Defence Archaeology Group (DAG) which uses archaeology to aid the recovery of injured service personnel. Under the supervision of experienced Vindolanda archaeologists, serving personnel and veterans will be working alongsid 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...

Press Release - Rare gold coin unearthed at Vindolanda

Vindolanda Trust - Wednesday, June 18, 2014
The Roman site of Vindolanda, with an active archaeological research programme which has been ongoing for 43 years, is used to remarkable discoveries – notably the world famous Vindolanda writing tablets which hold the title of Britain’s top archaeological treasure. With a vast array of finds from 300 years of Roman occupation on this site the discovery of a gold coin had previously alluded 2 generations of archaeologists, that was until 3rd June 2014. Volunteer Marcel Albert, from Nantes, France, who has been taking part at the Vindolanda dig since 2008, described his discovery simply as ‘magni Read more...

PRESS RELEASE - The 2014 excavations expected to be the most exciting for a generation at Vindolanda

Vindolanda Trust - Friday, April 18, 2014
THE VINDOLANDA TRUST: MEDIA RELEASE: for immediate release 18 April 2014 The 2014 excavations expected to be the most exciting for a generation at Vindolanda There is an extra element of excitement this year with the expectation that the annual excavation programme will find more of Britain’s top archaeological treasure ‘the Vindolanda tablets’. The site of Roman Vindolanda, in the central section of Hadrian’s Wall, had over 300 years of Roman occupation, at least nine forts and settlements, and was the home to many different communities all of whom would have had their own distinctive take and exper Read more...

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