Farewell

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Some of us leaving Vindolanda on the last day of Field School

My experience at Vindolanda has been unforgettable. I have had the opportunity to meet and become friends with people from all over the world and I personally think that the people involved here are the most important aspect of Vindolanda. These people come from many walks of life but as a unified group, they have come together to share their common interest and work to uncover the past. It really showed me how important it is to understand the past. Though it is time for us Canadians to go, hopefully many more volunteers will come and continue our work. Through our combined efforts, one day the lives and events of those who lived at Vindolanda will come into clarity.

I would like to thank Beth, Alex, and the wonderful people at Vindolanda for giving me this amazing opportunity. I would also like to give a special thanks to those who have donated to the field school. Without them, this dream may not have come true for me. These last five weeks have been some of the best in my life and I have done things that I would never have had the opportunity to do: I have hiked long sections of the ancient frontier along Hadrian’s Wall,  found things that no one has seen or touched in the last 1800 years, and most importantly, learned a lot about the history of Vindolanda, as well as archaeology itself.

But as the title implies, it is time for me to go. I hope that I will be able to come again some day. Until next time,

Ben

 

 

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