Below is a list of terms used in the Vindolanda website FACT FILES.

2D drawing

2 dimensional. An object or drawing with having only two dimensions, such as width and height but no thickness. Squares, Circles, Triangles, etc are two-dimensional objects.

Algorithm

A set of rules created to solve a maths or computer science problem

Altar

In Roman times altars were usually a stone, sometimes with writing on it used for religious ceremonies.

Amphorae

Large pottery jar used for transporting food such as olive oil and wine.

Animation

Figures, paintings or other still frame pictures/models are changed/moved a little bit each time to create a series of images that when played in order make a moving film.

Apse

A semi-circular end of a building, common in bath houses and churches

Aqueducts

Roman water delivery system

Archaeologist

A person who studies the past by excavating and looking at ancient remains

Archers

Soldiers who fight with bow and arrow

Artefacts

Things that archaeologists dig up. Can also be called finds and objects

Auxiliaries

Soldiers in the Roman Army who are not citizens but recruited from lands conquered by the Romans

Barracks

Buildings where soldiers live, usually with lots of other soldiers

Batavia

Modern Netherlands. Batavian soldiers were stationed at Vindolanda

Bath clogs

Wooden shoes worn in Roman bath houses to protect the bather’s feet from the hot floors

Bath house

A Roman building where the Romans went to bath, work out and meet up with friends

Cavalry

Soldiers on horse back

Carvoran

Modern name for the Fort at Magna, near the Roman Army Museum

Civilian

A person who is not part of the armed forces but lived and interacted with the soldiers

Concept artists

Artists who design and put together detailed drawings of ideas for characters, creatures, tools, environments etc that will end up being created for a computer game.

Conservation

the scientific process to help keep old things protected so that future people can see them.

Elite

People who have more wealth then the general people

excavate

the act of digging up the earth. This is what archaeologist do

Finds

Things that archaeologists dig up. Can also be called artefacts and objects

Game designer

Game designers work with the rest of the development team to make the game experience enjoyable and interesting – making sure it’s fun, everything works as it should, and that it’s an experience the player wants.

Gaul

Modern France, some of the soldiers from Vindolanda are from Gaul.

Hadrian's Wall

Built from 122-128 CE, this was one of the Roman Frontiers in Britain

Hamian

Modern Syria, where the archers who were stationed at Magna were from

Infantry

Foot soldiers, they had to march everywhere

Inscription

Something that is inscribed or written on. Most commonly stone like altars

Jupiter Dolichenus

Persian weather god who temple was built at Vindolanda

Lamp

Oil lamps were filled with oil and lit to give light in the ancient world

Latrine

Toilet

Legionary

Roman soldier who was also a Roman citizen

Magna

Fort near the Roman Army Museum, also called by its modern name Carvoran

Mediterranean

Area around the Mediterranean Sea including Italy, Spain, Turkey, Greece and North Africa

Motion Capture

Motion capture, or Mocap, captures the movement of actors and turns it into animation

Objects

Things that archaeologists dig up. Can also be called artefacts and finds

Praetorium

The commanding officers house

Prefect

The commanding officer

Principia

The headquarters building

Programming

The code or instructions that make computers and computer programmes, including games, work

Reconstructed

In modern times we can rebuild old objects or buildings. This is called replica or reconstruction

Salve

Hello or goodbye in Latin

Scribe

A person whose job it is to write letters

Slavery

A person who is the property of another person

standard

An object that is the spirit of the military unit. In Roman times it was protected at all times and carried into battle. To loose the standard was very bad. The Eagle is a common standard

Tavern

Pub in Roman times where you could get food and drink

Temple

A place for religious worship

Tribune

A military officer

UI or User interface

Everything you see on a computer screen that you can interact with – for example; buttons you click on, menus, maps and other items.

Veteran

A retired person from the military

Vicus

Buildings outside the main area of the fort which were use as housing, workshops and stores

Vindolanda

A Roman fort built c. 85 CE and lasting until c the 7th century in Northern Britain

Virgo Caelestis

A Roman Syrian goddess

Writing tablet

A thin piece of wood that the Romans used to write letters, like paper