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A guide to Vindolanda

Vindolanda and its setting

Vindolanda and Rome

Excavations at Vindolanda

A guide to Vindolanda


Forts and military life



Reading the tablets

about this exhibition

The visible remains of the site at Vindolanda mostly date to the later phases of its existence. In the centre the playing-card shape walls outline the second stone fort at Vindolanda, constructed in the early third century. In the middle of the fort the remains of the commander's residence, the praetorium, and the headquarters building, the principia, have been excavated and displayed. To the left lie the remains of the vicus, the civilian settlement beyond the walls of the fort, including shops and houses. The tower and fortifications below the vicus (on the left-hand side of the picture) are a reconstruction of a section of Hadrian's Wall. To the right, part of the museum is visible and above it a farmhouse and buildings. Above the site runs a track which still follows the route of the Roman road linking Corbridge and Carlisle, the Stanegate. The tablets were found among the remains of the earliest timber forts on the site. Of these almost no traces are visible on the surface, but they extended across the whole of the site, beneath both the stone fort and vicus.

Running the mouse over the aerial photograph below will highlight areas where a close-up image and further information are available on the visible archaeological remains, almost all of late Roman date, at Vindolanda.

Alternatively, there is also a text description of the photographs.

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