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H 245 x W 175 mm

204 pages

125 figures, 4 tables (79 plates in colour)

Published May 2019

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789691672

Digital: 9781789691689

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Hadrian's Wall; Roman Britain; Society of Antiquaries of Scotland; SOAS; Rhind Lectures; Alexander Henry Rhind

Hadrian’s Wall: A study in archaeological exploration and interpretation

The Rhind Lectures 2019

By David J. Breeze

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Based on the annual Rhind Lectures delivered in May 2019, David J. Breeze presents six papers on Hadrian’s Wall. He first considers the historiographical background before examining specific aspects: its purpose and operation; its later history; and life on and around the Wall. Finally, he considers the Wall today and some aspects of its future.




1848. The year of revolutions, on Hadrian’s Wall

The twentieth century: the age of archaeology

The purpose and operation of Hadrian’s Wall under Hadrian

The Wall after Hadrian: changing functions?

The impact of Rome: life on and around the frontier

Hadrian’s Wall today and in the future



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About the Author

David J. Breeze has been a trustee of the Senhouse Museum Trust since its inception in 1985 and chair of the trust since 2013. He has served as President of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society and as Chairman of the International Congress of Roman Frontier. He was Chief Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Scotland from 1989 to 2005, and subsequently led the team which successfully nominated the Antonine Wall as a World Heritage Site in 2008. David has excavated on both Hadrian’s Wall and the Antonine Wall and written several books on these frontiers, on frontiers elsewhere in the Roman Empire and on the Roman army.