Archaeologists at Work, Vindolanda

Archaeologists at Work, Vindolanda, Hadrian's Wall

This morning, our tour group departed Tynemouth and then drove west for about one hour to our first destination of Vindolanda. This fascinating site dates from AD 85 and pre-dates the Wall. It was pleasing to watch archaeologists at work. Vindolanda is best known for the Vindolanda Tablets which comprise thin slivers of wood on which are written routine correspondence thus giving us a unique insight into daily life on the Roman Frontier.

Recreated Hadrian's Wall Milecastle

Recreated Hadrian's Wall Milecastle, Vindolanda

Vindolanda Roman Site

Vindolanda Roman Site, Hadrian's Wall

 

Next to nearby Housesteads Roman Fort which is the best known site on the Wall. Here can be found granaries, HQ, barracks and latrine.

Hadrian's Wall at Housesteads

Hadrian's Wall at Housesteads, England

Latrines at Housesteads

Latrines at Housesteads Roman Fort

Granaries at Housesteads

Granaries at Housesteads, Hadrian's Wall

Altar to Mars and Victory

Altar to Mars and Victory at Housesteads

 Next to the nearby Twice Brewed pub for a pleasant lunch after which we returned in an easterly direction with first stop at Carrawburgh to view the Temple to Mithras which may date from AD200 and contained altars dedicated by the commanding officers of the First Cohort of Batavians in the 3rd and 4th centuries.

Lunch at Twice Brewed Pub

Lunch at Twice Brewed Pub, Hadrian's Wall

 

Temple of Mithras, Hadrian's Wall

Temple of Mithras, Hadrian's Wall, England

Next to nearby Corbridge, a Roman town dating from AD80 and which covers a 12 hectare site. Here there is a fountain, granaries and temples. Also on site is a well stocked museum featuring local finds.

Granaries at Corbridge Roman Site

Granaries at Corbridge Roman Site, England

Public Fountain, Corbridge Roman Site

Public Fountain, Corbridge Roman Site, England

 

Roman Site at Corbridge

Roman Site at Corbridge, England

Next we aimed for Arbeia  at South Shields but were thwarted by heavy traffic. Instead we paid a brief visit to the Angel of the North statue which dominates the Newcastle skyline and then on for a ‘drive past’ visit to Arbeia which by then had closed for the day.

Angel of the North, Newcastle on Tyne

Angel of the North, Newcastle on Tyne, England

Finally, we returned to our Tynemouth lodgings about 6.00pm.

Tomorrow we drive south to York and Cambridge.

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