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Day 3 of excavation on the intersection of the Roman road and the temporary camp east of Innerpeffray cutting. The aim of the excavation is to establish whether the road or the camp came first and provide a better understanding of the dates of the various Roman sites nearby.
Thinking on Day 3 was that the camp came first and then the road was built later after filling in part of the camp ditch.However, because of weak road foundations at this point part of the road subsequently subsided into the old ditch.

This is a view of a site close to Innerpeffray which is the remains of the protective ditch which surrounded a huge 130 acre temporary Roman army camp. The ditch is still about 4 feet high in places.

View from Innerpeffray library towards Crieff with the river Earn in the foreground.

View out from Innerpeffray Library. Note Georgian architecture.

Visitors to the dig from the nearby Innerpeffray library. The flag is that of the Madertie family.

Early stages of the Roman dig.

The dig site in context of the landscape.

River Earn from Kinkell Bridge.

Kinkell Bridge

Muthill war memorial with some unusual visitors.

View from remains of historic church ruin at Muthill which may date back to the early 1000s.

Tower of ancient church at Muthill.
Landscape from the dig site.

Inside of the ancient Collegiate Chapel of St. Mary (1508) at Innerpeffray.

External view of Innerpeffary Chapel.

Innerpeffray Castle, a romantic ruin. This was built by 1st Lord Madertie. It is a beautiful, but roofless, example of a gentleman’s fortalice.

Innerpeffary Castle

Innerpeffray Castle

Innerpeffray Castle

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Mr Fox selects his evening meal (evening time in Glasgow)

View of Forth & Clyde canal near Kirkintilloch

Swans on Firth & Clyde canal

HF Walking group on Forth & Clyde canal

View of Kilsyth Hills/Campsie Fells

More views of Kilsyth Hills/Campsie Fells

Bar Hill Roman Fort lies near the top of Bar Hill, in a superb strategic location looking north over the Kelvin Valley to the Campsie Fells.

HF Walking group atop old fort at Croy Hill

View of Antonine Wall near Twechar

Antonine Wall near Twechar

Antonine Wall near Twechar

View of Forth & Clyde canal near Kilsyth.
The Forth and Clyde Canal enables boats to move between the Firth of Forth ( near Edinburgh) and the Firth of Clyde (Glasgow). The canal passes large, vibrant towns, busy thoroughfares and into peaceful country locations

Auchinstarry-A fine, south facing dolerite/quartz quarry with a pond, picnic area and a car-park. Stone from this quarry was used to build Glasgow during the 19th. century. Now used for climbing and picnics

Overall, a good day, walking about 10km/6 miles. About 20 in all. Started at Kilsyth and finished at Kirkintilloch. Lots of history ( iron age fort, Roman Wall and fort, 19th century canal). A few showers but weather favourable.

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A recent press report suugests that two imperial busts from Lullingstone Roman Villa in Kent are of Pertinax, an obscure governor of Roman Britain who reigned briefy in AD192, and his father, Publius Helvius Successus. Pertinax acceded after the murder of Commodus but was mudered on the Palatine Hill in Rome. There is speculation that Lullingstone served as a luxurious retreat for the governor.The bust was damaged by as a result of damnatio memoriae by soldiers who resented his discipline. Another report speculates that Fishbourne Palace was built not for Togidubnus or Togodumnus around the time of the Roman invasion of AD 43 but for Lucullus around AD90, in the reign of Domitian. For tours of Roman Britain contact Catswhiskerstours

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