Deeper into the ditches

Vindolanda Trust - Saturday, June 23, 2018
The Vindolanda excavation season has almost reached its halfway point, as period 6 transitions into period 7. Much has changed in the excavation area from our last trench-side update. Below the level of the foundations of the two extramural settlement building mentioned in our May blog (, a trench has been sunk to locate the position of westernmost Antonine ditches as well as the edge of the Severan one. The Antonine Fort, dating between c. 180- 200 AD, is a complex one. Its characteristically orange sandstone wall stretches North-South across the excavation ar Read more...

Little soldiers: gaming at Vindolanda

Vindolanda Trust - Friday, June 08, 2018
One of the most popular or frequent artefacts found on the excavations at Vindolanda, and many other military sites across the Roman Empire are small round gaming counters. Gaming and gambling seem to have been endemic in the Roman Army, from the north of Britain to the camel fort at Abu Shar’ar in the Egyptian desert, counters and boards are found everywhere. They are often made from sherds of pottery, red Samian or black burnished wares. They can be made from beautiful black, white or green glass or highly polished discs of bone. This year the trenches at Vindolanda have produced some thirty or so counters which can be added to th Read more...

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