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Granary Excavation continuing...
A team photo that went missing in action, they know who they are....

Autumn 2008 lectures
RAC 2009

The 8th Roman Archaeology Conference will take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, from 9:00 AM Friday, April 3 to 4:30 PM Sunday, April 5, 2009. All sessions will be held in the Rackham Building on the central campus of the University of Michigan. RAC 2009 will also host the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC: Ann Arbor), which will take place concurrently.

Register for RAC/TRAC 2009
Inquiries can be directed to:


Organizing Committee

Tony Wilmott (Roman Society ex officio), Susan Alcock, Peter A.J. Attema, Stephen Dyson, Bruce Hitchner, John Humphrey, Simon Keay, David Mattingly, and Nicola Terrenato.

Accepted Sessions

The Late Republican period in “native” Southern Italy

Organizer: Fabio Colivicchi (Queen's University)

Kings, Clans and Conflict: Italic Warfare in the first millennium BC

Organizers: Hilary Becker (Washington & Lee University) and Jeremy Armstrong (University of Auckland)

Rome and the Alps

Organizers: Bruce Hitchner and Maxence Segard (Tufts University)

Current Approaches to the Archaeology of first millennium BC Italian Urbanism

Organizers: Jeffrey Becker (Boston University) and Elizabeth Robinson (University of North Carolina)

The Roman city as ‘written space’

Organizers: Simon Esmonde Cleary, Ray Laurence, and Gareth Sears (University of Birmingham)

Between Canon and Kitsch: Eclecticism in Roman Homes

Organizers: Sinclair Bell (University of Manitoba) and Francesca Tronchin (Getty Research Institute, Getty Villa)

Rethinking Britannia. New Approaches to a Grand Old Lady

Organizer: Pete Wilson (English Heritage)

Irrelevant Wall or Untapped Resource? Challenging Preconceptions of Hadrian’s Wall

Organizers: Rob Collins (University of Newcastle) and Matt Symonds (Durham County Council)


Organizers: Jennifer Baird and Simon James (University of Leicester)

Roman Imperialism in Africa Proconsularis

Organizer: David Stone (Florida State University)

The Troubled Adolescence of Late Antique Studies: Archaeological approaches to ‘change’ in Late Antiquity
Organizer: Hendrik Dey (University of Aarhus)

Incorporating coin finds into the archaeological and historical narrative

Organizer: Kris Lockyear (Institute of Archaeology, University College London)

Roman villa landscapes in the Latin west: economy, culture and lifestyles
Organizers: Nico Roymans and Ton Derks (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

Aelia Capitolina – The Establishment and Development of a Roman City in Palestine

Organizers: Gideon Avni (Israel Antiquities Authority) and Guy Stiebel (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Comparative issues in the archaeology of the Roman rural landscape, site classification between survey, excavation and historical categories

Organizers: Peter A.J. Attema (University of Groningen) and Günther Schoerner (Friedrich-Schiller Universität, Jena)

Alteration, influence, transfer and exchange: architectural relations between Rome and the Greek East
Organizer: Philip Stinson (University of Kansas)

Archaeology-based approaches to the study of food and drink in the Western Roman Empire

Organizer: Robert Curtis (University of Georgia)

The Lives of Others: peoples of the peripheries

Organizers: David Mattingly (University of Leicester) and Peter Wells (University of Minnesota)

Autumn 2008 lectures

Saturday 11 October 2008

ROMANS AND BRITONS IN THE NORTH WEST: new research and interpretations


9.30 a.m. Assemble in Faraday Lecture Theatre (please note: tea/coffee not available until 10.50 a.m.
10.00 - 10.50 Romans and Britons in the North West: an overview - Professor David Shotter, Lancaster University
10.50 - 11.20 Coffee/tea & biscuits
11.20 - 12.10 Roman Garrisons in North West England - Ben Edwards, Lancaster University
12.15 - 1.05 A Fort Wall, the Great Divide? - Andrew Birley, Director of Excavations, Vindolanda Trust
1.05 - 2.15 Lunch (see below)
2.15 - 3.05 The Classis Britannica in the Oceanus Hivernicus - Dr David Mason, County Archaeologist, Durham County Council
3.05 - 3.35 Tea/coffee & biscuits
3.35 - 4.25 Rural Economy of the North West - Dr Rob Philpott, Head of Field Archaeology Unit, National Museums Liverpool

Fee: £18.00 (£17.00 for Friends of the Centre (fee includes coffee/tea & biscuits))

Lunch: £8.50 per head, optional. MENU: Home-made Lancashire Hot Pot (or Home-made Vegetable Hot Pot), served with Mushy Peas, Pickled Onions, Red Cabbage and Crusty Bread, followed by a Lancashire Cheeses and Fruit Table, Tea and Coffee.
Alternatively sandwiches/coffee/tea can be bought on the University campus (either at SPAR supermarket, Gregg's or Diggle’s). Hot and cold snacks and drinks are also available at The Venue or Café Republic - or you are welcome to bring your own lunch.
Romans and Britons in the North West: new research & interpretations
Saturday 11 October 2008

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Free parking is available on campus on Saturdays


Granary Excavation continuing...
the last crew, and thank you to everyone this year for their wonderful company and superb effort on the excavations.

Granary Excavation continuing...
2nd last team photo - end of August

Granary Excavation continuing...
3rd last weeks team photo

The 2009 Excavations Seaon
Dear all,

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the 2008 work at Vindolanda, you were as always, an inspiration. It only seems like yesterday that the 2008 excavations have finished for the year, and already we are preparing for 2009.

The applications for participation in 2009 will open on the 1st of November by mid-day GMT unless there are any significant problems. I will keep www.wedigvindolanda.com posted as things develop which should be fairly quickly over the next few weeks. We do not anticipate any issues with the website at this time as the system is well and truly bedded in unlike last year when it was still suffering from some teething problems. Vindolanda will confirm all bookings within 3 days of application being received at the latest so if you do not get correspondence from Vindolanda by this time please contact Vindolanda through the normal channels and we will check your booking has come through.

Telephone: 01434 344 277

Email: info@vindolanda.com

Some excavations stats for 2009:

• There will be over 550 places available for 2009, a similar number to the 2008 season.

• Excavations in 2009 will open on April the 12th – run through to mid September.

• Two teams will be working –

• Andrew Birley’s team form Sunday – Thursday, April 12th – Mid September

• Justin Blakes team Tuesday – Saturday, April (yet to be defined) to mid September

• An excavation team will be operating in a third area – the north field – and this crew will be selected from the Sunday – Thursday team members. There is no option to directly sign up for this work, assignment to the north field is a matter for the discretion of the Director of Excavations and archaeological staff.

• The two site areas under investigation will include the vicus, supervised by Justin Blake and the NW quadrant of the fort, supervised by Andrew Birley.

Further details of what we expect may be in both areas will follow shortly.
I hope that this whets the appetite and that many of you will join us once more for what we hope to be another excellent season on the site.

Autumn 2008 lectures
Other Vindolanda Lectures coming up this Autumn/Spring

Worksop - 9th October

Lancaster - 11th October

Mansfield (SAS - sherwood archaeological society) - 15th October

Newcastle University - 3rd Feburary 2009

RAC (Roman Archaeology Conference) - USA- 3rd April 2009

more to follow later........

Remember this?
Hi all,

the archers? excellent stuff.

Some great points from all on this, and a truly enjoyable thread as the website has started to get to the nitty gritty of some of the management decisions that the Vindolanda Trust has to make on a daily basis. Many thanks to ‘Laura the great’ and all the other contributors for the impassioned debate. I was once offered the chance to go to an archaeological land management conference (3 day event) on how to sustainably manage an archaeological site with particular reference to pests like rabbits. I did not go in the end, as I considered the whole exercise rather pointless. This was not out of disrespect to the topic, rather as a qualification of the point that we can talk as much as we want, but in the meantime we still need to be proactive. Of course, the best way to get rid of rabbits (move them on to someone elses property) is to remove the grass and excavate and display the Roman buildings at Vindolanda, and on that point I we should all bend our energy.