Anaerobic at last

Vindolanda Trust - Monday, May 28, 2018
Depth of excavation is an important part of what makes Vindolanda such a different and special site. The volunteers from period 3 and 4 have been able to see this with their own eyes, and it is thanks to them that the deepest excavation trench now stands at just over 2 meters depth from the turf level. Vindolanda was occupied by Roman soldiers and their communities for over 320 years. The average length of stay for a garrison in one of the nine forts built on Vindolanda’ s ‘white field’ was 10/15 years. Then the fort and village would have been demolished and abandoned, left for a new garrison to build again, on top  Read more...

Period 1 and 2 excavations' update

Vindolanda Trust - Friday, April 27, 2018
One of the most common answers to the Monty Python-esque question: ‘what have the Romans ever done for us?’ is ROADS. While the Romans cannot lay the claim of being the first to build great roads, they certainly have a strong claim for the best managed and widest spanning infrastructure system. When Augustus took the title of curator viarum (superintendent to the roads) in 20 B.C., he had a column erected in the centre of the Forum to indicate the starting point of the entire road system of the Empire. Now, thousands of years later and 1,464 miles from Rome, the excavation volunteers from period 1 and 2 have had the chance to  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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