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Vindolanda Review

About 8 miles east of Greenhead, this archaeological site holds the remains of eight successive Roman forts and civilian settlements, providing an intriguing look into the daily life of a military compound. Most of the visible remains date from the 2nd and 3rd centuries, and new excavations are constantly under way. A reconstructed Roman temple, house, and shop provide context, and the museum displays rare artifacts, such as a handful of extraordinary wooden tablets with messages about everything from household chores to military movements. A full-size reproduction of a section of the wall gives a sense of its massiveness. The site is sometimes closed in bad weather.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Off B6318, Bardon Mill, NE47 7JN
  • Phone: 01434/344277
  • Cost: £6.50; £9.50 includes admission to Roman Army Museum
  • Hours: Mid-Feb–Mar. and Oct., daily 10–5; Apr.–Sept., daily 10–6.
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  • Location: Greenhead
Updated: 06-04-2014

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