The Field School at Vindolanda

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After supervising excavations at Vindolanda for the past nine years, Elizabeth will co-direct a field school with Alexander Meyer to bring students to the site to take part in all aspects of the already thriving excavation program (beginning in Summer 2012). The field school aims to give students training in two fields: the techniques of field excavation and the archaeology and History of Roman Britain. The field school brings together archaeological and historical approaches to the subject of Roman Britain and frontier studies in order to investigate issues such as provincial life, Roman imperialism and identity in antiquity. The field school will run for five weeks during the summer with a set program of daily excavation and weekly field trips to explore the landscape around Hadrian's Wall and the north of Britain. For further details please follow the links below that give an overview of the aims and objectives of the program and the daily syllabus with course assignments.  To learn more about the research goals of The Vindolanda Trust and its excavation programs visit:

Field School Abstract and Overview

Field School Syllabus and Assignments

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The Site at Vindolanda

Vindolanda is located in the hills of Northumberland in northern England, between the modern cities of Newcastle and Carlisle. The site lies 1.5 miles south of Hadrian's Wall, situated on the original Roman frontier line of the Stanegate Road, dating to the last quarter of the first century AD. The archaeological remains are designated a UNESCO world heritage site and it is one of the main attractions in the central sector of Hadrian's Wall. The site itself comprises extensive remains of the Roman fort and its extramural settlement, archaeological labs for artifact conservation and research, a world-class museum displaying finds from the excavations at Vindolanda, and the newly built Hedley Research Center.  Vindolanda is a perfect base from which to explore the Iron Age, Roman and Medieval remains of Northern England and Scotland, as well as to visit important sites south and west of Northumberland in Yorkshire and Cumbria. 

Excavations at Vindolanda

Archaeological excavations have taken place on site regularly since the 1960s, and have been under the direction of The Vindolanda Trust since 1970. The excavation and research program is currently directed by Dr. Andrew Birley, with a small team of professional archaeologists who are helped each year by hundreds of volunteer excavators from around the world. The current research agenda involves gathering data from large areas of the fort and the extramural settlement in order to compare assemblages of material from the two areas of the site. Work is also being done in the field to the north of the fort in order to ascertain the archaeological significance and nature of this previously unexcavated area. Preliminary investigation suggests that the field was inhabited during the Roman period and future work hopes to prove the nature and extent of settlement in this area. Excavation takes place every year from April to September. The field school will work together with this thriving excavation program in order to foster international contacts and collaboration amongst North American, British and European students, as well as with the many other nationalities represented on the excavation team each week. 

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