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Roman Pottery Kiln Replica at Vindolanda Roman Fort

It's just over three years since we built the replica Roman Pottery Kiln and began running pottery Workshops at Vindolanda Roman Fort and Museum, near to Hadrians Wall.  I feel so privileged to work with the team at this amazing site it's proved to be a wonderfully fruitful collaboration. The kiln was built and has been fired and maintained with the help of a very enthusiastic team of Vindolanda volunteers. The kiln which is now a permanent feature of the museum, is sited in the valley, beside the burn, near to the museum and visitor centre, so look out for it next time you're there.

This fully functional replica of a Roman up-draft pottery kiln, is based on information gained from the excavation of such kilns at archaeological sites across the North of England.

The body of the kiln itself (1) is constructed entirely from a mixture of materials found on site, Clay, Earth and plant matter such as straw. The internal kiln chamber floor and central support, (2 & see below)...

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