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by Ed Hahn
Hong Kong, China
July 25, 2005
They have an excellent canteen where I had an inexpensive lunch.
Check out an additional website for this museum at http://www.information-britain.co.uk/showPlace.cfm?Place_ID=534.
From journal Hadrian's Wall - Day 5
There is also a shop and tearoom at the back of the site. You will find photos in my Vindolanda and Walltown album at http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/ed_hk/.
Be sure and check out their excellent website at http://www.vindolanda.com/.
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
August 5, 2003
Some of the most significant finds of all those made along the Wall have been made at Vindolanda and these are on view in the Visitor centre. These well-preserved and unusual items give youa real feeling of the former residents of the area - a soldier's shoe, some ladies jewellery, a child's food bowl - to me these things bring Vindolanda to life.
Perhaps the most remarkable exhibits are the wooden tablets which, thanks to special photographic techniques, it is now possible to read. These show us accounts and memoranda - some birthday greetings, a cook's diary and an invitation from the commander's wife to the wife of another commander to her birthday celebration!
Outdoors you can wander around the site and view reconstructions of a Roman temple, shop and house as well as the excavations which have unearthed the remains of a bath-house, houses and shops.
Excavations go on from roughly April to August - who knows you might witness the next great treasure emerge!
As well as the relics found here, the visitors centre also has exhibitions showing the history of the site as an archaeological site and has lots of photographs to show how it was gradually uncovered. There are also audio-visual presentations adding flesh to the bones of what you see outside.
Vindolanda offers a good cafe, a picnic area, (modern!) toilets and quiz trails. It is good to wander round the exhibits, watch the archaeologists and really gain a feeling of life in Roman times rather than just look at some out-of-context exhibits in a glass case. I first came here at the age of 10 - 21 years later it's still changing and I still love it.
Admission is £4.10 adults, £3.50 students, £2.90 child and family tickets cost £12.50.
From journal Hadrian's Wall