Amazing finds unearthed on Hadrian’s Wall
More than 350 Roman shoes are among a number of exciting discoveries which have been unearthed along Hadrian’s Wall. At Vindolanda, near Bardon Mill in Northumberland and on urban Tyneside archaeologists and volunteers have been digging to uncover the history of the Wall.
|Bronze bust of Apollo [Credit: Hadrian's Wall Country]|
Other recent discoveries at Vindolanda include a bronze bust of the god Apollo, wooden barrel staves, spoons, and a considerable amount of bone, pottery and iron. Cavalry barracks, a toilet block, ovens, mixed flagstone and earthen floors, paved outer courtyards and impressive drains are just some of the features found by the team since the excavations began in April.
|Shoe discovered in a ditch at Vindolanda [Credit: Hadrian's Wall Country]|
Many recent finds feature in the Hadrian’s Wall on Tyneside exhibition at Segedunum Roman Fort in Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne, which runs until Sunday 30 October and showcases the latest evidence of the Roman frontier in urban Tyneside. The new exhibition, which is the culmination of Tyne and Wear Archives and Museum’s three-year WallQuest community archaeology project, features the recently discovered Roman bath house at Segedunum and a further 50m of Hadrian’s Wall.
|Inscribed barrel stave [Credit: Hadrian's Wall Country]|
Similarly, the additional 50 metres of Hadrian’s Wall which was first discovered in 1998 has been undercover since then to protect it. Following conservation, visitors can now see the new section of the Wall for the first time including a small culvert, created in Roman times to accommodate the flow of a stream running underneath. Conservation is underway to preserve the Wall, including consolidation, a technique carried out by specialist heritage masons using lime mortar that the Romans employed.
|Animal skull used for target practice [Credit: Hadrian's Wall Country]|
Humphrey Welfare, the Chair of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site Partnership, said: “There have been some wonderful archaeological finds along Hadrian’s Wall so far this year. The Wall marked the northern boundary of the Roman Empire for nearly 300 years and it now draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to the North of England every year. Everything we find on the Wall teaches us more about the Roman story in Hadrian’s Wall Country. These historically significant finds add to our knowledge and understanding and we are keen to encourage as many people as possible to explore this special monument and enjoy learning about archaeology during their visit.”
Source: Hadrian's Wall Country [September 17, 2016]