Find at Corbridge Roman Site

Find at Corbridge Roman Site, England

This morning, we departed our Melrose lodgings and drove south for about 90 mins to visit our first Hadrian’s Wall frontier site of Corbridge. This lies south of the line of Hadrian’s Wall at the intersection of a Roman road system. Corbridge dates from the late 1st century AD and pre-dates the Wall. Originally a pure military site and later evolved into a joint military and civilian site through to the end of Roman rule in the 5th century AD.

Corbridge Roman Site, Hadrian's Wall

Corbridge Roman Site, Hadrian’s Wall, England

A section of the site has been fully excavated with finds and supporting information in the site visitor centre.

Corbridge Roman Site, Hadrian's Wall

Corbridge Roman Site, Hadrian’s Wall, England

 

Corbridge Roman Site, Hadrian's Wall

Corbridge Roman Site, Hadrian’s Wall, England

Next we visited nearby Vindolanda which, like Corbridge, has a history pre-dating the Wall commencing in the first century AD. The site was occupied for about 325 years starting with the military and ending as a joint military and civilian settlement. Vindolanda is famous for its famous ‘tablets’ comprising some 1400 well preserved written communications from the early Roman era inscribed on thin slices of wood. Additionally, the local conditions have preserved a wide range of objects including 3000 boots, shoes, sandals, slippers and clogs. Other finds include textiles, wooden objects, combs, pottery, weapons, armour, utensils, jewellery, ear rings, bones, bronze and other metal objects.

Vindolanda Roman Site, Hadrian's Wall

Vindolanda Roman Site, Hadrian’s Wall, England

Vindolanda Roman Site, Hadrian's Wall

Vindolanda Roman Site, Hadrian’s Wall, England

Vindolanda is an extensive site with on-0going archaeological excavations.

Next we drove round to the nearby Twice Brewed pub for lunch.

Twice Brewed Inn, Hadrian's Wall

Twice Brewed Inn, Hadrian’s Wall, Scotland

 

After lunch we moved on to Housesteads Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall.The Wall was 73 miles long and ran coast to coast across northern Britain.It was completed around AD132, abandoned AD 142-162 and then  re-occupied AD 162 through to around AD 410. Housesteads is one of 16 forts along the line of the Wall and covers an area of two hectares. Inside can be found a Commanding Officer’s House, H.Q.Building, Bath House, Hospital, Granaries, Barrack Blocks, Storeroom and Latrine.

Housesteads Roman Fort, Hadrian's Wall

Housesteads Roman Fort, Hadrian’s Wall, England

Hadrian's Wall, Housesteads

Hadrian’s Wall, Housesteads, England

Housesteads is situated on a high elevation and offers good views of Hadrian’s Wall snaking across the landscape. We benefited from favourable weather for this visit.

Housesteads was the final site visit for the day after we drove back to Melrose via Langholm which is the home of Clan Armstrong.

Tomorrow we return to the Rosslyn Chapel and the Edinburgh region.

 

 

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