My Illlustrated Travel Journal with Essays about Roman and Mediaeval History and some Geology


2.2.08
  Playing in the Mud

For Kirsten, who got accepted as volunteer excavator in Vindolanda come summer.

Here's a glimpse of what you can expect.

Excavation site

It wasn't so muddy when I visited the place in June 2007, but I suppose after the rains later in summer the digging sites had turned into lakes.

Peek inside the hole: Victorian time drainage pipe in the foreground,
remains of wooden posts of older Roman fort in the background.

I hope you'll enjoy your time in Vindolanda. It's a great place. I spent some time hanging around the excavation site and discussing the Hedemünden finds (aka The Romans at my Backdoor) with the guys. They hadn't heard about those and were very interested.
 
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I'd love to be a student again and sign up for a summer of excavation at an archeology dig. There is one down in Soto Grande where they have found a roman village complete with market, saunas, and lots of mosaics. They're digging around for the villa now, but they think it's probably under the 12th century fort *grin*.
 
Thanks, Gabriele! I've been dying to get down to see Vindolanda, and this is even better than a day visit. :)

I'm going down in June, too, so hopefully I'll get some of that nice weather in the photos.
 
I just love visiting archaeological sites and wish I'd had the opportunity to work on a dig. The last one (in progress) I visited was a couple of years ago at Ithaka where the Odysseus Project were excavating the cave of the nymphs and finding evidence of Odysseus existance. At that time there were also some Nordic underwater archaeologists exploring the sea coast around the island for more evidence. Fascinating!
 
Hey, looks like fun to me! (But I'm weird that way.) The time I took archeology in college, we worked a dig where we found 18th century post molds, buttons, scrapers and points. Nothing too exciting, although my arrowhead drawing skills were greatly enhanced. Ah well, history in New York isn't that old. :)
 
Lol, I had no idea there were so many archaeologists on my blog.
 
Ooh, I'm jealous. That would be too cool, to work on a dig. I'm not far from Jamestown in Virginia, so we hear about any new finds from them. :)
 
I've always thought this would be fun. Maybe one day I'll get to volunteer.
 
Let's have a pary in Vindolanda next year. Or maybe Prof. Grote would like some help with the Romans in Hedemünden. :)
 
I think Sarah Cuthbertson of Sarah's Bookarama volunteers at Vindolanda. Maybe she has some tips for Kirsten?
 
Sarah commented on Kirsten's blog yesterday and that way I learned that her blog is active again. :)
 
Oh! I wanna play in the mud! :)
 
Wait until it's spring in Norway. :D
 
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The Lost Fort is a travel journal and blog based on my travels in Germany, the UK, Scandinavia, Flanders, and the Baltic Coast. It includes essays on Roman and Mediaeval history, and some geology, which are illustrated with lots of photos of old castles and churches, Roman remains, and beautiful landscapes.

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I'm a blogger from Germany with a MA in Literature and History which doesn't pay my bills, so I use it to research blogposts instead. I'm interested in everything Roman and Mediaeval, avid reader and sometimes writer, opera enthusiast, traveller with a liking for foreign languages and odd rocks, photographer, and tea aficionado. And an old-fashioned blogger who hasn't yet gotten an Instagram account. :-)


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