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...

End of May update

Vindolanda Trust - Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Hello everyone and welcome back to the monthly appointment with the Vindolanda excavation blog. Periods 3 and 4 have flown by, accompanied by an astonishingly long Northumbrian summer: with 9 days of uninterrupted sunshine, much has been achieved on site. The most prominent news is that the Vicus excavation area is finally under way, and following my update on the fort situation, the director of excavations Dr. Andrew Birley will tell us a bit more about progress in the wooden wonderland and adjacent areas. Without further ado, let us take a look to the discoveries by our period 3 and 4 volunteers. The fort-junior officers and Read more...

First excavation blog of this 2016 digging season

Vindolanda Trust - Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Hello everyone and welcome to the first excavation blog of this 2016 digging season. It has been four weeks now since the beginning of excavations, when we first ventured out in our new and bright red Vindolanda t-shirts. The weather has been at times challenging, with cold downpours of rain and even a bit of hail. Still our teams worked extremely hard and some wonderful progress has been made. With more than 100 small finds recorded since the beginning of period 1, and all of our strength focussed inside the perimeter of the 3rd and 4th century fort, many changes and developments are already noticeable. Fig.1 The Vindolanda  Read more...

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