New Digs

Sheep on Venta Icenorum's Wall

Many sites of ancient Roman ruins lie frozen in time. Not in the time of the Romans, but at the time when they were excavated decades ago. Fortunately others have active excavations that continue to expand our knowledge of the Roman world.

Six years ago I made a quick visit to Hadrian’s Wall and saw both Housesteads Roman Fort and Vindolanda. When I visited them again last autumn, I found that Housesteads hadn’t changed at all but Vindolanda’s exposed remains had expanded considerably.

Vindolanda is excavated every year by experts and volunteers. They have a unique program and anyone can apply to spend a week or two excavating at Vindolanda (

Other sites in Britain that are also experiencing a renaissance of excavation:

  • In Norfolk archaeologists are digging for three weeks this summer at the site of Venta Icenorum at Caistor-St-Edmund. When I visited this site four years ago, all that was visible were its earth covered walls. The excavations are open to the public until September 3, 2011 with a Family Day on Sunday, August 28th.
New Excavations at Vindolanda

One thought on “New Digs

  1. The Caerleon site is wonderful, bringing up some truly amazing finds, some excellent structural evidence on display. Open days across the bank holiday weekend, well worth a visit if you can make it!


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