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.


Hey everyone!

My name is Justine, a third year Criminology student with a passion for photography (selfies not included), and Roman archaeology. This is my first time in the UK and I’m more than excited to see what’s here waiting on the other side of the Atlantic.IMG_3942

So far, I can say this: cheese lovers everywhere, look no further than the charming city of Carlisle. Surrounded by rolling hills and brimming with some of the most helpful people I have ever met – I can tell you with confidence that I have never had so much fun grocery shopping. The realization that you are in England never hits you quite as hard as when you step into a whole aisle dedicated to just tea time.

IMG_4227.JPGIf our first day was any indication, this month will be pretty awesome. Cheers!



We’re back!

Welcome to the 2016 Vindolanda Field School blog! Everyone is here, safe and sound, and getting over various levels of jet lag. You’ll meet everyone personally over the next few days, but in the meanwhile we want to share the first group picture with, of course, the Western flag! You might also notice the sun is shining bright. We’re hoping our first few days of sun and warmth are a sign of things to come for the next 5 weeks. Thanks to everyone for following again and for those who are just joining us for the first time. This is going to be a fabulous season!

Cohors V Canadianorum
From left (back): Alex, Christine, Meghan, Sarah, Ben, Cassidy, Sam, Cody, Prem, Beth. (front) Shannon, Justine, and that’s our mascot, Freddy, with her