The world on the wall: exploring diversity on Hadrian's Wall

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Barbara Birley and Lynne Minett, last updated: 19th November 2013

Built in AD 122 by the order of the Emperor Hadrian, the 73 mile (80 Roman miles) long frontier goes from Bownesson-Solway in Cumbria to Wallsend on the River Tyne. Since 1987, the area has been inscribed as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage Site.

Soldiers from many different parts of the Roman Empire as well as non-combatants established a frontier system in Northern Britain. They left not only their mark across the landscape but thousands of interesting artefacts which illustrate an amazing mix of Roman, native and other Romanised cultures...

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