Aerial view of remains of 4th century stone fort at Vindolanda
[Credit: Sonya Galloway, Vindolanda Trust]
During the past few weeks archaeologists at the Roman fort of Vindolanda have made one remarkable discovery after another in what has been an exceptional year for the research excavations.
Test pit excavations, below the stone foundations of the last stone fortress revealed a layer of black, sweet smelling and perfectly preserved anaerobic, oxygen free, soils in an area where they were completely unexpected. Hidden in this soil were the timber walls and floors, fences, pottery and animal bones, from the abandonment of a Roman cavalry barrack. The excavated rooms included stables for horses, living accommodation, ovens and fireplaces.
While excavating the material from the corner of one of the living rooms a volunteer excavator made an outstanding discovery.
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