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...
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...
Vindolanda Trust - Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Hello everyone and welcome back to the Vindolanda Blog.
We are now exactly one month away from the beginning of 2016 excavation season and we cannot wait to start again. We have been opened to the public since the 6th of February, and those of you who had a chance to visit us already are aware of the numerous changes and improvements we have been busy with over the winter season. A new path has been put in place over the bridge in the Vindolanda Gardens, increasing our already wide accessibility as well as eliminating those fastidious puddles of mud.
The new path in the Vindolanda Gardens
A new finds case a Read more...
Vindolanda Trust - Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Happy New Year
A very happy New Year to everyone who follows the Vindolanda excavations. We are only 11 weeks away from the start of the 2016 season and as the following weeks progress you can expect a steady stream of updates towards the 28th of March. This is when the first team of the year will be taking up their tools to continue the work inside the last stone fort. It has been, as most of you already know, an incredibly wet winter in the north of Britain (record breaking). While Vindolanda has survived the worst of the flooding the ground water table is presently at the surface with no more capacity in the soil to take any water. Read more...
Vindolanda Trust - Monday, October 05, 2015
Period 10-11 and Roman Society week
Welcome back to the Vindolanda blog for what will be the last excavation update for 2015.
This season has now come to an end, with the help of the teams from period 10 and 11, as well as of our guest excavators from the Roman Society. The weather has reserved a few surprises, with showers and cold wet mist surrounding us for a good part of the day throughout these 5 weeks. However, the morale never sunk and we managed to reach all of our objectives, with some extra surprises along the way. Now the spades have been cleaned, the barrels have been locked up and the last finds are being processed up Read more...
Vindolanda Trust - Saturday, August 22, 2015
Periods 8-9 excavations
After a short holiday break in such a successful and productive season, welcome back to the Vindolanda blog! We left you with the promise of some spectacular aerial views of the site from Adam Stanford’s Aerial Cam, and here is a preview of the fine results achieved during the recording week.
Aerial picture of the site produced by Adam Stanford
Images like this make not only for excellent visual reference material, but open to us the possibilities of photo rectification and 3D modelling for the entire site, in order to make our planning of structures and plotting of artefacts more and more ac Read more...