Session 4

Vindolanda Trust - Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Excavations within the 3rd-4th century fort Another session on the excavations has flown past and the relentless march towards the southern defenses has really gathered pace. The team have uncovered a wide cobbled area to the south of the last remaining barrack block of 4th century date in the south eastern corner of the fort. Here they have found all manner of artefacts stuck tightly between the cobble stones where they have waited for almost 1600 years to be discovered by the excavators. It is unclear whether or not this was a wide social area or stockyard, perhaps a place to park the wagons and baggage trains associated with the troop Read more...

Week 6 - Session 3

Vindolanda Trust - Friday, May 16, 2014
Inside the 3rd and 4th century fort: For the past two weeks the fort team have battled with the storms and torrential rain and have finally come through to some good weather which has helped them uncover a range of buildings and artefacts. More arrowheads, weapons, lots more beads, and two possible roundhouse foundations (Severan in date) have been the highlights. A great deal of work has been done on reducing the very high levels of topsoil next to the south eastern corner of the fort to show up the ramparts and intervallum road. This will make a big visual impact to the site allowing visitors to eventually get access to the toilet bloc Read more...

Excavation Week 4

Vindolanda Trust - Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The 3rd / 4th century fort Excavation proceeding extremely well in the fort with over 160 artefacts recovered including many small beads made from glass and jet and some horse gear. Large late 4th century barrack walls continuing to appear as we head towards the south wall of the fort. Every now and then the excavators are bathed in warm golden sunshine and things are looking good. Over the top of the 4th century barracks are a series of later walls, floors and surfaces which can only be post-Roman and we continue to find the remains of post pits later than those, dug through the Roman layers, for timber buildings which covered this part Read more...

2014 Post-excavation work begins at Vindolanda

Vindolanda Trust - Tuesday, April 22, 2014
This week marks the start of five months work by a team of volunteers at Vindolanda. Volunteers work in teams of three or four, many of them for up to six weeks, or whatever time commitment they can make. Joyce Fisher getting to grips with the first pottery finds of the 2014 season! The post-excavation volunteers' work is not done in the excavation trenches. They work quietly in the processing shed, often out of sight of the visitors. However, their labour on the pottery sherds, CBM, Roman glass and other bulk finds are the first vital steps in building an understanding what the people who lived a Vindolanda used in their e Read more...

End of Week 1

Vindolanda Trust - Monday, April 14, 2014
After the 1st week of excavations, and a few missed days because of the rain, the teams have done extremely well both inside the fort and below the vicus. In the fort the excavations have rolled back another 5metres of turf and have started to uncover the remains of the late 4th century and post-Roman buildings, you can catch up with this work and our other activities on a daily basis through Justin Blakes twitter feed. Below the vicus buildings the team has worked hard to remove the 1970's gravel and into the foundation clay and packing below. Here they have discovered a mixture of Antonine foundations and heavy packing for the Severan build Read more...

Potty about Roman Pottery?

Vindolanda Trust - Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Life behind the scenes in the pottery processing shed at Vindolanda isn't glamorous, but it is always a lot of fun! For me, archaeology is all about getting to know people in the past by studying the places they inhabited and the things that they owned. There is no artefact more common than pottery on a Roman site like Vindolanda. Pottery is the stuff that people used every day for preparing, cooking, serving, eating, drinking, storing things, and even playing with. The soldiers and civilians at Vindolanda had oodles of it and, luckily, they left an enormous amount of it around for us to find among the buildings, roads and ditches o Read more...

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