Ben Moore at Vindolanda

My name is Ben Moore. I grew up in the small town of Simcoe, Ontario. As long as I can remember I have been enthralled by antiquity, especially Roman history and philosophy. My interest in the ancient world eventually led me to enroll in the Department of Classical Studies at Western University. I have just finished my third year at Western and I plan to graduate with an Honors degree by next summer.

I am excited to be a part of the Vindolanda Field School. I am especially looking forward to excavating next week with the possibility of uncovering an inscription, that could give us more insight into the everyday life of a soldier.

Till next time, cheers.


This is me, across the big sea!

Me at Stonehenge on a windy but sunny day.

Hello everyone! My name is Meghan Beutler and I’m going into my fifth year of biological studies. Although classics may not be my major, my interest in Roman history and archeology continues to bloom as I travel the UK.

I was fortunate enough to travel to London as well as Newport, Shropshire for two weeks with my mother before arriving at Haltwhistle. It truly was a dream come true!

Me and my mother Carol with Westminster on the Thames River in the background.




The dream continues as for the next five weeks, I get to wake up to amazing views of  the English countryside hills spotted with sheep and cows. And of course learn how to excavate at the Vindolanda field site!

A landscape view on a hike into Haltwhistle.




Hello, all!

Happy orientation week! My name is Sarah Bentley, and I’ll be going into my third year at Western to pursue a major in Classics and a minor in Greek and Roman Archaeology. It’s been a dream of mine for quite some time to one day work in the archaeological field, so field school for me has been a dream come true! I’m excited to learn the methodology of excavation and the history of Northern England, my family’s origin.

Atop the fort wall reconstruction at Vindolanda

I’ve been getting my bearings over the past few days, and the beautiful weather has helped me immensely! The entire experience has been like something out of a fairy tale, complete with fairy tale creatures. The lovely folks at White Craig Cottages have the friendliest animals and friendly animals are a fantastic cure for jet lag.

We’ll get back to you soon with our first hike along the wall! All the best.


Makeover Time

Hello everyone!

After five years of the Vindolanda Field School Blog, we’ve decided to give our website a makeover. Please bear with us as we make changes to the site over the next couple of days. We really hope you like the new site and let us know what you think in the comments below!

Look forward to many more exciting posts as we enter the first week of the 2016 field school.

Introduction Time

Hey everyone, my name is Shannon, and I’m so excited to be a part of the Vindolanda 2016 Field School. I just finished my second year as a Classical Studies Major with a Minor in Medieval Studies, so this is a great addition to my education.


Outside of school I like to read and do crafts to keep my mind busy. Mostly I knit and crochet, but I like to try other types of crafts too. After the first three of us arrived at the aiport, Alex took us to see Vindolanda for the first time on our way to the cabins.

Ben, Shannon, Christine in front of Vindo- May 28, 2016Ben, Shannon, and Christine in front of Vindolanda site for the first time of many

As this is my first time being outside of North America, I am so excited, even with the jet lag. To help us stay awake long enough to adjust to the time change, Alex brought those of us who were here on a hike around the area between our cabins and Haltwhistle, the nearest town. The scenery was so beautiful that it was hard to decide what to take a picture of and when to try to catch up to the rest of the group.

IMG_3132.JPGThe hill beside the burn we walked along during our hike

All in all, it was a brilliant first day with many more to come. I’m so happy to be here as it has been a lifelong dream to come here, with the added benefit of taking part in an actual archaeological dig!


Hello everyone!


My name is Sam Urquhart and I have just finished my third year at Western. I am an Arts and Humanities student double majoring in Comparative Literature and Cultures and the School for the Advanced Studies in Arts and Humanities – SASAH as we call it. I intend to work in the world of museums after my school career and Vindolanda seemed like one of the best ways to get to know the entire process from field to display.

Before arriving at field school I spent a fun few days in London exploring places old and new. It seems I enjoyed myself so much I didn’t take very many photos. I loved wandering around Soho and the National Gallery.

20160528_100333.jpgMorning walk along the South Bank

After those bustling few days I’m so happy to be settling into our cottage in Haltwhistle with Western friends.