We were blessed with sunshine for our group trip to Vindolanda yesterday; 25 members enjoyed an excellent talk by site archaeologist Marta Alberti followed by an unguided walk around the extensive site of this Roman fort. The museum contains examples of metal artefacts, leather, wood and even fabric, preserved in the anaerobic mud, as well as a separate section for the famous Vindolanda Tablets and a short film about their discovery and translation. Sharp-eyed members found a steelyard weight and cosmetic palettes in the museum not dissimilar to the examples we found on The Hagg. Situated on the military road or "Stanegate", Vindolanda predates the Wall and is still under excavation each summer with potential for 100 years of further work!
Brilliant introduction by Site Archaeologist Marta Alberti
Members enjoying the Vindolanda sunshine
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Replica Roman kiln built by Graham Taylor, who visited the Hagg during the 2017 dig
Sharp-eyed members will have spotted this steelyard weight, very similar to the one found on The Hagg