-1 week to excavations: introducing Beth

Vindolanda Trust - Monday, March 26, 2018
Welcome to the new format of The Vindolanda Blog! We are now only one week away from the beginning of 2018 excavations' season and the re-vamped Vindolanda Blog is just one of the many exciting new features we have in store for both Visitors and Volunteers this year. The wheelbarrows are at the ready, the first turf has already been broken, and the archaeological team is excited to start a new 5-years-long Research Excavation program. As part of the project 'Understanding Communities and Identities' we have had the chance to employ, for the 2018 excavations' season, a new Archaeological Assistant, Beth Harvey. We extend a warm welcome Read more...

July update 2017

Vindolanda Trust - Monday, July 17, 2017
Every year, roughly at the end of June, the excavations take a break for a recording week. This is usually kickstarted by our Friend’s night, an exclusive yearly event in which we unveil new features, tour the excavations with the Friends of Vindolanda and generally have a good party! During the recording week that follows, we carefully plan the buildings we have uncovered, welcome specialists who are interested in our material culture, and gather our thoughts. We have now entered the second half of our excavation season, which will end on the 22nd of September. As work continues in the trenches, here is your mid-season updates on t Read more...

June Update on the Vindolanda excavations

Vindolanda Trust - Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Welcome back to the Vindolanda blog. The weather has been unusually hot and progress rapid. It is unusual to have to actually put water into the trenches at Vindolanda to keep the wooden buildings damp, a first in my 24 years of excavation at the site. It is perhaps unlikely to happen again soon. Enjoy, Dr Andrew Birley. From Inside the last stone fort: Marta Alberti As summer approaches and the days get warmer, Vindolanda’s excavation season enters its 5th period. Here is your monthly update on the discoveries of the volunteer excavators and the Vindolanda archaeological team. Inside the walls of the last stone Read more...

Fort excavations in April

Vindolanda Trust - Sunday, May 07, 2017
Hello everyone and welcome to your update on the Fort excavations. With periods 1 and 2, and half of period 3 under the belt, we can provide you with some new and fascinating information on the structures and finds within the SE quadrant of the last stone fort at Vindolanda. Five years ago, when we set out to excavate this area, we wished to investigate the post-Roman, 3rd and 4th century structures, as well as the early 3rd century Severan round houses. As the 5th year of our Scheduled Monument Consent rolls in, we appear on track to achieve all we had set our eyes on, and a bit more. In fact, we have pushed our excavations deeper, a Read more...

End of April update

Vindolanda Trust - Sunday, April 30, 2017
Vindolanda excavations in April 2017 The first four weeks of the excavations at Vindolanda have now finished in the final field season of the ‘Frontiers in transition project’. Two teams of 30 volunteers have stretched their minds and muscles inside the fort and below the remains of the 3rd century extramural settlement, working through bitterly cold weather, sleet, snow and high winds as well as periods of warm golden sunshine. The initial results in both areas have been very encouraging and this time we are going to start with the extramural part of the site before moving on to a full update from the fort by the end of n Read more...

Getting ready to excavate and the season has started

Vindolanda Trust - Tuesday, February 28, 2017
We have been busy this winter at the Vindolanda Trust. With 5 weeks to go until the beginning of 2017 excavation season, and have been delighted to welcome visitors back after the winter break. At both Roman Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum, you will be able to notice some of the improvements we have been up to during these cold and frosty months. In particular at the Roman Army museum two new displays have taken their rightful place, and they both come from generous donations. Two imposing artillery pieces, donated by the late Tom Feeley, have taken their place on a beautiful central plinth in the armour gallery, together with a  Read more...

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