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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing; UK ed. edition (15 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848682107
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848682108
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 1.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Robin Birley was formerly the Director of Excavations at the Roman site of Vindolanda, and now heads the Vindolanda research committee. The son of Eric Birley (his family home was thus the Chesterholm Museum at Vindolanda), he worked as a Royal Marine and then a teacher before giving this up to run the Vindolanda Trust and excavate the site. He has over 50 years of excavation experience on that site (as well as directing numerous other excavations at other sites such as Housesteads), over thirty of which have been as director of the Vindolanda Trust (he is one of its founding members). Birley is perhaps best known for his discovery inthe 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s of the first Vindolanda writing tablets to be excavated. He is also responsible for the excavations of most of the remains visible on the site today.


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Bought as a present which was well received by my son in law.
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I bought this book in preparation for digging at Vindolanda but I have share it around with friends who, even if they don't read it cover to cover like I did are amazed by the photo. There is a colosal amount of information in the book but you learn much from osmosis and the excellent writing style of Andrew Birley. You don't have to be going to dig their to enjoy this book as anyone with an ounce of interest in the Romans will be fascinated by it.
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The Vindolanda Trust publishes a fine site guide, but the visitor who is enthusiastic for the period will be well rewarded by purchasing a copy of Robin Birley`s 'Vindolanda: A Roman Fort on Hadrian`s Wall' (Amberley Publishing, Stroud 2009). This 187-page book comprehensively explains the complex history of the site in the light of new information at a level both the general and specialist reader will appreciate. It effectively replaces Birley`s popular book of 1977, which he freely admits has been superseded by discoveries from the site over the last four decades. Profusely illustrated, among the highlights are photos of a wig made of moss-hair, a pair of trademarked leather slippers made by a leading shoemaker of the Roman Empire, and several of those writing tablets, including one inviting the wife of the camp's commandant to a birthday party. Highly recommended.
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The title displayed on the Amazon site led me to think that this would be a book describing the daily lives of people who lived at Vindolanda when in fact it was a detailed description of the excavations and finds there. As such it was possible to extrapalate something of eating habits, work etc. but I found Anthony Baileys book Garrison Life at Vindolanda gives more of an impression of the daily life.
The book needs to be retitled Vindolanda; excavation of a Roman Frontier fort.
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This book describes the different forts that were built in Vindolanda throw the years.If you are looking for an in depth analyssis of how the life was in the roman frontier maybe it is not the right one.So this book is a description of Vindolanda as an archeological site.
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