Hadrian's Wall at Birdoswald

Hadrian's Wall at Birdoswald, World Heritage Site

This evening, I am focusing on one of my favourite areas, namely Hadrian’s Wall and the Birdoswald Roman Fort in particular.

The image above shows one of the better preserved sections of Hadrian’s Wall which, when it was completed around AD 130, ran coast to coast across what is now northern England. At this time the Wall represented the northern boundary of the Roman Empire and England did not exist.

Birdoswald was one of 16 forts along Hadrian’s Wall. It is located on a natural vantage point which the Romans used in their favour. 

Like other Roman forts, Birdoswald conformed with a standard plan in the form of a rectangle with rounded corners. In the centre was a headquarters building or principia with an underground strong room to hold the pay chests.Other features of the fort would include barrack blocks, parade ground, stables, hospital, guard chambers and cookhouses. Birdoswald has one of the best preserved entrance gateways on Hadrian’s Wall.  Here is a video clip of the fort of which only a small part has been excavated.

The Romans officially departed in AD410. However, archaeological and other evidence indicates this particular site continued to be occupied  right up to the present day, i.e  for 2000 years. In fact occupation may go much further back as a Neolithic ( New Stone Age) grave  was recently found at the site which takes the potential occupation date back another 2000 years.

I will be visiting the Wall at least once this touring season.

Elsewhere today, I have been preoccupied with designing new touring web pages for my main site. Also took a call from the Army who wish to arrange  a tour of Scottish Battlefield sites, of which there a good number. Hopefully, I can work something out for them.

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