More than 350 Roman shoes are among a number of exciting discoveries which have been unearthed along Hadrian’s Wall. At Vindolanda, near Bardon Mill in Northumberland, archaeologists and volunteers have been digging to uncover the history of the Wall.
The shoes include small children’s shoes, ladies’ shoes and large army marching boots. The footwear is all either well-worn or has been recycled for parts. It is believed to be the result of a deliberate dumping of leather shoes in around AD212.
Other recent discoveries at Vindolanda include a bronze bust of the god Apollo, wooden barrel staves, spoons, and a considerable amount of bone, pottery and iron.
Many recent finds feature in the Hadrian’s Wall on Tyneside exhibition at Segedunum Roman Fort in Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne, which runs until Sunday 30 October and showcases the latest evidence of the Roman frontier in urban Tyneside. The new exhibition features the recently discovered Roman bath house at Segedunum and a further 50m of Hadrian’s Wall.