I’m Cody Andersson, currently finishing my first year of the Master’s program at Western. Since high school I’ve had an active interest in anything Roman, and my undergrad at the University of Victoria (UVic) allowed me to test my interest in the field. This dig at Vindolanda will be the third time I’ve participated in an archaeological excavation. In 2013 I dug in Ostia Antica, Italy, and in 2014 I dug in Greece, at a small village in Boeotia called Arma. These two experiences convinced me that archaeology is my passion and a field I very much want to work in.
Vindolanda as a whole is shaping up to be a fantastic experience. The site brings me to my main interest, which is the Roman military. The site also connects perfectly with past research I’ve done on the frontiers of the Roman Empire. All in all, Vindolanda is an intersection of all of what first drew me towards the Classical world and specifically Rome and I can’t wait to start digging!