A wooden comb still nicely complete with its leather case dating back to 100 AD.

February 19, 2024
A wooden comb still nicely complete with its leather case dating back to 100 AD.
The set was found from a room inside the Roman Commanding Officer’s Residence in Vindolanda next to Hadrian’s Wall.
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Curator, Barbara Birley, as she talks about her connections to the wooden objects, the journey from the excavation through to their conservation and the cataloguing process. She will also tell you about her unexpected fascination with a beautiful but functional class of wooden artefacts, the hair combs.

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Archaeology of the Wooden Underworld – Dr Andrew Birley, Director of Excavations and CEO (49mins)

Dr Andrew Birley, CEO of the Vindolanda Trust explores the archaeological layers where wooden artefacts are found at Roman Vindolanda and casts a light on why these organic finds are so well preserved.

Wooden Objects at the Edge of the Roman Empire – Dr Rob Sands (36mins)

Dr Rob Sands from University College Dublin will introduce you to the extraordinary collection of wooden objects preserved in 1st and 2nd century contexts at the Roman fort of Vindolanda.

 

The Vindolanda Shoes – Professor Elizabeth Greene (1hr 2mins)

Professor Elizabeth Greene who’s research is based around Vindolanda’s leather collection, takes us through the top 10 questions ever asked about the Vindolanda Roman shoes and their fascinating answers.

 

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