Elizabeth Greene shares an "Academic Minute" on Roman shoes

A recent "Academic Minute" from WAMC, Northeast Public Radio, features Dr. Elizabeth Greene of Western University in London, Canada, on the topic of Roman shoes, and what they can tell us about the lives of people in Roman Britain.

The 2:30 podcast focuses on the discovery of over 4000 leather shoes in the excavation of Vindolanda, the Roman fort near Hadrian’s Wall. "Shoes preserve details about size and height of a population, and about disease and deformity in the past. They tell us about age and sex of those present in a community; it wasn’t until women’s and children’s shoes were found inside the fort at Vindolanda that anyone investigated the families of soldiers," said Greene.