Metal detectorists have been blamed for damaging this section of Hadrian’s Wall, using the devices to search for Roman artefacts on the 1,900-year-old structure.
Source: Active Journeys with Jack Witt
Hadrian’s Wall may be older, bigger, stronger and better known, but the Unesco-listed Antonine Wall was the real final frontier of the Roman Empire.
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Remnants of the Antonine Wall still stretch across the country.
A section of the Antonine Wall at Rough Castle near Falkirk / Photo by Kim Traynor, Wikimedia Commons
The Antonine Wall is an ancient and historical monument originating as imperial Rome’s one-‐‑…
The money will support projects at the Antonine Wall in central Scotland and Hadrian’s Wall in the north of England.
“Looks like we brought the weather with us from California,” the elderly tourist says, pulling on a hat and strolling past me. He disappears up a grass slope, beneath a brilliant, blue sky, his wife beside him. It’s the first of several American accents I hear that morning. Perhaps they’ve come to see what a real border fence looks like.
Monday is our last bank holiday until Christmas, so make the long weekend count by spending the day at one of the thousands of historical sites dotted across Britain. Here, we’ve rounded up 12 of the best castles, palaces and landscapes you can visit over the bank holiday weekend…
BRAMPTON, England — “Looks like we brought the weather with us from California,” the elderly tourist says, pulling on a hat and strolling past me. He disappears up a grass slope, beneath a brilliant, blue sky, his wife beside him. It’s the first of several American accents I hear that morning.
The Roman fort at Vindolanda is located one mile south of Hadrian’s Wall in northern England. Vindolanda was declared a Unesco world heritage site because of the unique organic material recovered there and its great importance in the history of this region and the Roman world in general. In particular the site is known as the home of the Vindolanda writing tablets, approximately two-thousand ink-on-wood documents that have preserved information including personal correspondence, military strength reports and inventory lists pertaining to the site’s soldiers and civilians. These tablets have been preserved as a result of anaerobic conditions caused by the construction of at least nine consecutive periods of Roman occupation on the site. In addition to written documents Vindolanda has produced the world’s largest assemblage of Roman leather goods and countless unique artifacts including textiles and a Roman helmet crest.
Parts of the Roman Empire’s most north-western frontier were originally painted in vibrant reds and yellows, new research has revealed.
Archaeologist Dr Louisa Campbell, of the University of Glasgow, uncovered the colourful past of Scotland’s Antonine Wall after using x-ray and laser technology to analyse remnants of the structure.
She said the brightly-coloured stones on what is now a Unesco world heritage site would have been used by the Romans as “propaganda” against the local communities.
“The public are accustomed to seeing these sculptures in bland greys, creams, white (for marble) and don’t get the full impact that they would have had on the Roman and indigenous audiences 2,000 years ago,” she said.
“These sculptures are propaganda tools used by Rome to demonstrate their power over these and other indigenous groups, it helps the empire control their frontiers and it has different meanings to different audiences.”
The Antonine Wall is a Roman frontier built in the mid-second century AD which crosses five local authority areas between the Forth and the Clyde.
Read more from source: Antonine Wall was painted in vibrant colours by Romans, research shows – Evening Express
Hadrian’s Wall once marked the northern boundary of the Roman Empire. It stretched for nearly 80 miles, across the narrow neck of the Roman province of Britannia, from the North Sea on the east to the Solway Firth ports of the Irish Sea on the West. It crossed some of the wildest, most beautiful landscapes in England.
Today, nearly 2,000 years after it was built, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most popular tourist attraction in Northern England.
A remarkable amount of it remains — in fortresses and settlements, in “mile castles” and bath houses, barracks, ramparts and in long, uninterrupted stretches of the wall itself. Visitors can walk the route, cycle or drive to many of its landmarks, visit fascinating museums and archaeological digs, or even take a dedicated bus — route #AD122 — along it. Roman history buffs may recognize that bus route number as the year that Hadrian’s Wall was built.
Hadrian’s Wall: A Short History
The Roman’s had occupied Britain from AD 43 and had pushed into Scotland, conquering Scottish tribes, by AD 85.
Read more from source: Hadrian’s Wall: The Last Gasp of Imperial Rome in Britain
2017 was a very special year for me as the year marked the 1900th anniversary of the accession of Hadrian to the imperial throne and the start of my Hadrian 1900 project. I travelled to 9 countries, visited 57 new archaeological sites, 20 new archaeological museums and attended 4 exhibitions.
Here’s an overview of my 2017 archaeological travels:
January: Poznan, Poland
I kicked off the year with a trip to Poznan in Poland to present my Hadrian 1900 project at the annual “Meeting for the lovers of Turkey” organised by Izabela Miszczak who I had met on Facebook. Izabela runs Turkish Archaeological News, a website created in 2013 with the aim of providing news about the latest archaeological discoveries in Turkey and neighboring regions. This meeting was a great opportunity for me to present my project for the first time to fellow archaeology enthusiasts.
Look past the relentless rain synonymous with this blustery isle and you’ve got a wealth of walks for any season. For such a small landmass, some of the hikes are long, yet all of them can be enjoyed in sections, personalized into bite-sized chunks according to your fitness and ability.
Camping is mostly (tacitly) allowed, but throw in a warm bed at a B&B to boost morale, especially for winter walks. For spring, autumn and summer, you’ll be good camping with a quilt. Try Enlightened Equipment’s quilts, as they use sustainably sourced down, a bivvy bag and perhaps a light tent/tarp to keep you dry.
Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter, so always check the forecasts before heading out.
SPRING: WALK THE BOB GRAHAM IN THE LAKE DISTRICT
Start: Keswick, Cumbria
Finish: Keswick, Cumbria
Great big walls – whether they’re built to keep people in or out – are an endless source of fascination.
Forget beaches and crystal clear waters, it’s all about the adventure breaks, and this week we’ve searched high and low for the worlds most beautiful walls – that you have to visit in your lifetime.
We’ve tapped into the obvious – the Great Wall of China – and the not so talked about Walls of Ston in Croatia, where you can soak up the views all year round – and you’re guaranteed to get all the likes on instagram too.
Here’s our pick of the world’s 10 best wonder walls.
1. Great Wall of China tour, from £2,890pp
Winding sinuously over the hills like an elongated dragon, punctuated by watch towers, troop barracks and garrison stations, is a breathtaking feat of engineering.
Northumberland, England’s most northerly county, is peppered with castles that collectively stand as a legacy of the region’s dramatic history. A far more ancient monument, Hadrian’s Wall, built by the Roman Army, snakes across hilltops and through the rugged landscape of Northumberland National Park. For fans of the outdoors they are just some of the reasons why this is popular walking country.
Yet it’s a landscape that’s all too often overlooked by visitors to Britain. Rather than Hadrian’s Wall, it’s often Stonehenge, in Wiltshire, that travellers tend to prioritise if they have time to see just one ancient monument. For scenic countryside, it’s the Highlands of Scotland or hills of the Lake District that tourists often favour. Northumberland is all too often bypassed purely because of its geographic location.
Electric biking is a great way to enjoy new areas and in this guide we have some eBike trips and tour ideas for you to explore!
Here are the areas covered in this first eBike trip guide:
- Paris and a beautiful French riverway
- Windmills & waterways of the Dutch countryside
- Crystal clear lakes in Bavaria
- Be a culture vulture along one of Europe’s great rivers
- Ride along a Roman emperor’s wall
- Hoist a sail and eBike through majestic Scottish Highlands
- eBiking around classic US desert scenery
- US history on a 7 day tour
- Nature watching in South Africa’s Eastern Cape
Paris – Charms and Secrets
What better way to see ‘the city of lights’ and ‘the city of romance’ than by e-bike? This intriguing sounding company offers a four-hour day tour and a three-hour night tour with English, French, Chinese and Japanese language versions.