Between 2008 and 2011, I was signed on as one of the co-principal investigators on the excavation of a multi-period site at Binchester (AKA Vinovia), near Hadrian’s Wall.Â My major interests in this site were examining civilian and military relationships as constructed through urban space, thinking about how most effectively to interest and include different modern communities in the archaeology of a particular site, and — after several years — making a return to human osteological remains analysis.
Although I’ve left the project, work continues on the site. There’s quite a bit of information online at the Stanford and the Durham University Binchester Fort pages. For those of you who absolutely have to know what’s going on at the site as it happens, there are a couple of other useful links:
- Roman Binchester Facebook group, for those of you interested in that kind of thing.
- David Petts’s Roman Binchester.
- Gary Devore’s Rebuilt Romans.
The excavation was an incredible useful experience. I had good hands on experience of coordinating between major research institutions and supervising a large student group. At some point in the not-too-distant future, I hope that I will be able to build on my work at Binchester. My eventual goals are to run excavations in the Greater Philadelphia Area and the North of England.