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
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HADRIAN’S WALL, CUMBRIA, NORTHUMBERLAND & TYNE AND WEAR
Erected by the Romans in 122AD to keep the ‘barbarians’ out under the orders of emperor Hadrian, this mighty stone wall once stretched nearly 80 miles from coast to coast in the north of England. It took three legions of men at least six years to complete. Now part of a 150-mile UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s the country’s most spectacular and important Roman monument. It’s not just a wall though – various forts, milecastles, barracks, and ramparts with museums can be found along it.
No matter how many times you see the mighty circle of stones rising from Salisbury Plain, you’ll always be awestruck by them. The most famous prehistoric monument in Europe, it was erected in the late Neolithic period in around 2500 BC. Stonehenge is now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with nearby Avebury.