A closer look at our pottery - Samian Ware

Vindolanda Trust - Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Pottery is something we find in great quantities at Vindolanda during each excavation season - usually into the tens of thousands of sherds per year. A volunteer excavator is almost guaranteed to find some when they are here. The types of pottery we find vary in origin, manufacture, size, shape, material, colour, design and decoration. Here we focus on one of them - Samian Ware. (Samian Ware bowl from Vindolanda) What is it? Samian Ware, or Terra Sigillata, is basically fancy Roman tableware. It is the most commonly used high quality pottery from Roman Britain. Where does the name come from? Sa Read more...

A guest post by our 'young person bursary' winner

Vindolanda Trust - Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Today we host a guest post written by one of our volunteer excavators, Emily. Emily was one of the two winners of the Vindolanda young person bursary 2018. This yearly opportunity sponsors students between 16 and 18 years old, and up to 25 years old if in full time education. It covers the costs of participating to the excavations as well as the cost of full board on site accommodation. This is what Emily had to say about her Vindolanda experience: ‘My first - and only - experience of archaeology prior to Vindolanda consisted of a 6-week online course and while this course was an excellent introduction to the field, it never Read more...

A Guest Post - The Vindolanda Leather Project

Vindolanda Trust - Wednesday, August 08, 2018
A guest blog post by Professor Elizabeth Greene. (The VALP team) In the past 6 weeks, a team of five (see image above) from the University of Western Ontario in Canada have been working on the Vindolanda Archaelogical Leather Project (VALP) directed by the Vindolanda Museum Curator, Barbara Birley, and Western professor, Elizabeth Greene. Vindolanda is a site that is famous for its stunning organic preservation, leading to an enormous collection of wood, tablets, textiles, and leather. Because these materials were used extensively by the Romans, the artefacts made from them can reveal much about Roman life at Vindoland Read more...

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