Vindolanda: What I did on my summer vacation

Writer Chris Rowe, winner of a recent Just Back article-writing contest for the travel page of the Telegraph, chronicles a summer-school visit to Vindolanda, the famous Roman fort near Hadrian's Wall in the north of England.

"Someone's misfortune was the archaeologists' latest piece of luck – a skeleton buried beneath a barrack room floor. It was unusual as burials were forbidden inside forts and ominous since it had a bashed-in head. A pre-teenager, probably female, and a suggestion that her hands had been tied. He spoke with the fluency of one familiar with his subject. 'She'd been hidden. So she would have been missed.' And then he was off, to chat to a TV crew," writes Rowe about a talk given by one of the archaeologists at Vindolanda.