Dr John Peter Wild

Research Fellow, School of Arts, Histories and Cultures, University of Manchester

Writing tablets from Vindolanda

Status and class difference in the clothing of the Roman army at Vindolanda.

Excavation of the first four, partially waterlogged, timber phases of the Roman fort at Vindolanda near Hadrian´s Wall (around AD 100) has brought to light some 700 fragments of wool cloth as well as an unparalleled collection of contemporary documents written in ink on `leaf tablets´. The present project aims to complete the analysis and recording of the textiles and attempt to identify their end-uses in order to match them to the textile information contained in the leaf tablets (and already published). If that can be done satisfactorily, it should be possible to evaluate the results in terms of the many personalities and the rich variety of social and economic activities revealed in the tablets.