People come in their thousands to Vindolanda as it is a ‘live’ archaeological site. For the last forty years the site has been surrendering its thousand year old secrets on a daily basis. No other Roman site in Britain is as rich in its findings. Everything on display in the museum was found from the Roman site only yards away. These collections give us a very special insight into the normal everyday lives of our predecessors.
Objects from the deep past including textiles, leather goods, wooden objects and flora and fauna have all survived thanks to the exceptional conditions found at Vindolanda. Did you know Vindolanda has the largest collection of Roman leather anywhere in the Empire? From shoes of all sizes and styles to bags and buckets, from purses to an archer's thumb guard. Wooden and textile objects presented include everything from wagon axles to parts of furniture, tent pegs, combs and even a child's sock! Other special finds include jewellery, bronzes, weapons and animal bones.
Black burnished ware - over 500 metric tons of pottery have come from the Vindolanda excavations
Bronze lion headed map pointer
A goddess figurine recovered from the 3rd century fort
The head of an unfortunate local native who opposed the garrison at Vindolanda and was killed in action before being mounted on the rampart as a trophy message
One of the many intaglios or gemstones from finger rings left behind by the Romans at Vindolanda
Roman wooden comb from the pre-hadrianic excavations