Vindolanda Trust - Wednesday, November 26, 2014
It has taken longer than we would have liked but the most recent excavation reports about Vindolanda are now available to purchase from the Vindolanda.com website shop as digital downloads at http://www.vindolanda.com/e-books-resources
I like a 'real' book as much as the next person (more probably!), but the price of printing the excavation reports makes them incredibly expensive and therefore inaccessible to a lot of people. Perhaps the best example of this is the recent granary excavation report which in print retails at just under £100, but is available from the website right now as a download for &poun Read more...
Vindolanda Trust - Thursday, November 06, 2014
2015 Excavation bursaries and places for 16-18year old's.
The Vindolanda Trust is delighted to announce that through the generosity of The Roman Research Trust http://rrt.classics.ox.ac.uk/ (http://) and Roman Society http://www.romansociety.org/ (http://)it is collaborating to provide a number of funding opportunities to support 16-18 year old's who wish to participate in the Vindolanda excavations in 2015. Each successful applicant will be offered a two week placement on the Vindolanda excavations, and the bursary will cover the cost of participation on the excavation including full-board accommod Read more...
Vindolanda Trust - Friday, October 10, 2014
Excavation season final update
So that is it for the Vindolanda excavations in 2014! The final shovel has been put away, the pump sent off for cleaning and the wheelbarrows upturned. The biscuit barrel in the shed is empty and we have even moved the excavation tool shed to a new location. It will be steam-cleaned before anyone is allowed back inside.
We want to say thank you to all of those who have taken part on the excavations, taken part in the debates about the finds on line and of course especially to those who have visited the site this year. Special praise is due to the hard working but seldom seen post-exc Read more...
Vindolanda Trust - Sunday, August 24, 2014
Dr Andrew Birley
It has been a while since we had a comprehensive update on the excavation blog, beyond what we have been keeping you abreast with via facebook and twitter as we entered the crucial part of the season when things come thick and fast. The north field excavations have come to an end for the year and you can see what the Vindolanda Trust and the Canadian field school have been up to in that section. The extramural excavations have been extremely successful, with plenty of sensational artefacts and buildings to show for the work, but this is the most challenging environment to work in at Vindolanda, Read more...
Vindolanda Trust - Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Inside the last stone fort
As we head into the middle of July the team inside the fort are moving their efforts to finish the final part of the southern section of the quadrant and a detachment of excavators have made a start hunting for the via Decumana to the west of the 4th century barrack buildings. Whilst no more gold coins have been found small and bust up fragments of moulded and carved stones have started to appear in the rubble covering the buildings and it cannot be too long before a fragment or better of an inscription will be found in this area.
Late road surfaces continue to show that they have been blocked by the fo Read more...
Vindolanda Trust - Saturday, June 21, 2014
Inside the fort
The big news is the press release from the Vindolanda Trust this week of the first gold coin found at Vindolanda (ever). This is an incredibly rare event and the result of millions of hours of careful excavation. Gold coins are not the normal currency dished out to auxiliary soldiers and their associated communities in Roman Britain. The reason? You would be hard-pressed to find a merchant with the right change for a gold coin, making it very difficult to spend. Gold generally is a rare find on Roman military sites, partly due to rank restrictions on wearing gold (in the 1st and second centuries), but also for the same Read more...