Tales from the trench: Vindolanda
My name is Aaron and I am a member of the Pontefract YAC. In April, I was lucky enough to secure a funded bursary from the Roman Research Trust and Roman Society to excavate at the Vindolanda Trust in Northumberland.
This funded bursary enabled me to live on site and work with the dedicated team under the direction of Dr Andrew Birley at Vindolanda. During this fantastic opportunity we excavated many exciting small finds, the most impressive of which was a stone carved with a hare and hunting dog which may have come from a temple to Diana the goddess of hunting.
I was also lucky enough to work with the injured service personnel 'Operation Nightingale' who were also excavating at Vindolanda. Working as a member of the team with these people was truly inspirational.
This was a fantastic once in a lifetime experience I will never forget and has made me even more determined to fulfill my ambition to have archaeology as a career.
You can find out more about Vindolanda and the recent excavations there on the project blog.
Blog by Aaron Friar, Pontefract YAC member
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