Roman funerary vessels feature at the newly opened Birdoswald Fort visitor centre on Hadrian’s Wall. They originate from the cemetery associated with the fort, situated at the top edge of the cliff overlooking the River Irthing. Rapid erosion threatened the site. To mitigate the loss of archaeology, the Historic England (HE) Excavation and Analysis team excavated part of the cemetery in 2009. This represents the only large-scale investigation of any military cemetery on Hadrian’s Wall and allowed us to explore cremation practice at the northern edge of the Roman Empire.