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...

Iron Ingot text

Vindolanda Trust - Monday, September 12, 2016
A few months ago excavations in the 3rd century extramural settlement recovered a remarkable artefact. An ingot made from iron with an inscription on it. We had various readings coming through the email, many noble attempts at getting a sensible reading. After considering all you can find our best effort on what we think the message on the ingot means. It is not a definitive reading, but a plausible explanation. Our thanks go to Adam Stanford for the wonderful photographs. Best wishes, Andrew and Anthony Birley Ingot Line 1 - side 1. Line 2, side 2. Possible reading: line 1 Ď˝IVLI S/ line 2 EVRI Read more...

Excavations from above

Vindolanda Trust - Friday, August 19, 2016
Photographs by Adam Stanford As has become the norm for the past couple of seasons at Vindolanda we have been delighted to welcome back Adam Stanford to the site as part of the recording process. Adam uses a drone to take high resolution film and still images of the site and excavation areas which he then transforms into 3D models. The stills below have been taken from two of the models. Adam will return at the end of the season and re-capture both areas, and you will be able to see how they have progressed and changes in the final two months of excavation. Figure 1. The extramural settlement. In this image you can clear Read more...

Early August update

Vindolanda Trust - Sunday, August 07, 2016
Welcome back to your monthly Vindolanda excavation blog, packed full of information and developments straight from the trenches' edge. This time we also have some exciting news from the curatorial and education team: Arts Council England, through its Resilience Fund, has chosen to award us with a £105,000 grant, which will be employed for the redevelopment of our two open-air museum buildings, as well as the creation of a multi-media mobile facility. To learn more about this, see our press release here: http://www.vindolanda.com/_blog/press-releases/post/arts-council-england-supports-vindolanda-venture/ . We are very grateful to AC Read more...

July update

Vindolanda Trust - Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Period 5 to 7: an update on the works in the fort - Marta As the middle of July approaches, here we are with another excavation blog update. The Northumbrian summer, with its peculiar alternation of baking sun and pelting rain, has accompanied us to the middle of the season. Before we guide you through the progress achieved by both the excavation and post excavation teams in periods 5 to 7, let us just make a quick premise. The Vindolanda staff would like to extend a warm “thank you” to all the Friends who attended Friends’ evening on Saturday the 25th. It was a success, and how great it was to see the known face Read more...

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