There are a billion Web pages devoted to Hadrian's Wall and the area. Most of you probably have your own favorites already. But it never hurts to keep a list of the really useful ones. Below is my starter list of sites about Vindolanda, the Wall, and the region, that I find myself going back to again and again. If anyone has any to add, let me know!
Vindolanda and/or Hadrian's Wall-Specific:
The reason this fan site exists.
Excellent site with well-done overview of Vindolanda history, and hundreds of high-resolution images of actual tablets, along with translations.
Brand-new "sister Web site" to the above, including the texts & background for all the tablets from the CSAD site -AND- nearly 300 new tablets never before publicly catalogued. Dive in!
Complete Google Earth atlases and photography of the entire Wall! This is an incredible resource, giving popups for all known forts, fortlets, milecastles, turrets, and camps -- including on-site photos, links to excavation history, etc. Wow.
http://www.dur.ac.uk/archaeological.ser ... framework/
Web site dedicated to pulling together centuries' worth of published, public material for the entire Wall and Stanegate frontier systems. Still in its infancy, and a little slow to take off. But appears to have the potential to be a serious boon to the study & discussion of the Wall (and Stanegate forts like Vindolanda).
Very useful overview with history, travel information, links to attractions & sites, and information on hiking/cycling the region. A great starting point for the region.
Museums & Sites to Visit
Blog about the annual digs at Binchester fort, about an hour's drive SE of Vindolanda. Roman fort along Dere Street (the main road north from York), lots of interesting late archaeology came up in '09 digs, some good parallels with Vindolanda.
Tullie House Museum in Carlisle. Excellent museum covering most of the western part of Hadrian's Wall (as well as medieval and later). Great artefacts, and some interesting books in their bookstore.
Great North Museum in Newcastle. Incredible artefacts, including huge collection of top-tier sculptured stones from the Wall region.
Senhouse Museum in Maryport on west coast. Maryport is last "official" fort in the series of coastal frontier defenses that led south from the western end of Hadrian's Wall. Excellent sculptured stones, including an almost unbroken series of annual dedication stones. Unique, and worth the trip.
North Pennines Archaeology has recently begun annual summer digs at nearby Dilston Castle, just south of Corbridge. It's a remarkable place, filled with history of the Reformation and the Jacobite wars -- the same wars that ultimately led to the destruction of so much of Hadrian's Wall in the 18th Century.
General Regional Interest
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A neat experimental-archaeology blog following an archaeologist at Binchester "specializing in ceramic technology and transfer of craft knowledge."
Advocate of rural landscape conservation & usage
Self-explanatory. Found a nice decrepit northern farmhouse to fix up?
Guided walking tours throughout Northumberland, Cumbria, and the Borders
International creative writing project inspired by the Vindolanda tablets.
The Hexham Courant is the major newspaper for Tynedale. Very high-quality for a low-budget newspaper, and the Web site covers an excellent range of local information. Next best thing to "being there" for news about the region.
Northumberland Books. Fascinating bookstore with many titles of interest about local history, culture, etc. A perfect way for a lover of Tynedale and the North in general to delve a little deeper into the region.
Known as "The British Library of Secondhand Bookshops," this bookstore located in Alnwick (with a searchable database online) has an amazing selection of texts about the Wall, Roman Britain, Northumberland -- as well as many other topics of interest. If you're looking for something and can't find it anywhere, this could well be the place for you.