Another day dawned on our experience here in England, and all of us Field Schoolers, including Beth, Alex, and Rob, headed back to Vindolanda. Except this time we were there to see the site’s museum. On our arrival we were all given our Friends of Vindolanda cards, and then the museum curator, Barbara Birley, provided a great tour of the museum and the artefacts displayed there. I thought this tour was interesting because there were a couple artefacts that have quite the interesting history of how they were used, discarded, and discovered. Now this tour was vital to the next challenge given to us students…..a scavenger hunt. Of course being the classicists we are it had to be an artefact scavenger hunt. It consisted of 16 artefacts, and the clue for each artefact came in the form of a limerick.
The papers were handed out and we all got ready to go. All of us chose to pair up and soon we were off on the hunt with some cheery Limerick’s to help us along. Again, most of us remembered a few items that were shown to us on the tour, but soon the limerick’s got harder to decipher. As official documenter of this occasion I occasionally popped away from Sarah (my partner) to take some pictures.
This hunt got fairly competitive and as documenter I was somewhat unwelcome in many cases because of the debate of answers between teammates.
I didn’t overhear any answers anyway…not for a lack of trying (Don’t judge, I just figured I’d use my role of the day to my team’s advantage). The odds were in our favour…well for most of them anyway. The last artefact had all of us stumped until we got some helpful hints, not in limerick form, from Beth. Overall I thought that the scavenger hunt was fun. We had a friendly competition between friends, and got to learn more about other artefacts in the museum. So after checking answers we had a nice lunch in the café and then headed on to the Roman Army Museum, where we relived our hike from the day before and saw Beth’s feature role in a short movie.
Now here are some of the artefacts we had to find with their corresponding limericks. Try identifying them in the comments!