The Roman Empire stretched from North Africa and Arabia in the south, to Britain in the north, and from Spain in the west, to Iran, Armenia and the Caucasus Mountains in the east.

Trading routes brought many travellers, objects, materials and exotic spices to Britain, transported by ship across the Mediterranean and by cart along the network of Roman roads, to be delivered to Vindolanda.

Some objects, which were made from woods not native to Britain at that time, were imported. Boxwood, grown in the Pyrenees in France and Spain, was used for many items as it was resistant to decay.

Larch, spruce and silver fir from the Alps were made into barrel staves, travelled to Britain and arrived at Vindolanda, having been emptied and refilled several times en route.

Going live 1st December 2021:

Come and hear about Helen’s first day at work and how she needed to find an artefact very quickly. Listen to how careful supervision helped Gary excavate the parts of a wheel from the anaerobic soil and find out what Bea likes about the combs.

Get a first glimpse

This short film showcases some of the memories and connections stirred by artefacts in Vindolanda’s amazing wood collection. Introducing many contributors and their passion for their chosen item.