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494 pages

166 figures; 15 tables

Published Apr 2020

Archaeopress Archaeology


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Archaeopress Roman Archaeology 64

The Antonine Wall: Papers in Honour of Professor Lawrence Keppie

Edited by David J. Breeze, William S. Hanson

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32 papers present research on the Antonine Wall in honour of Lawrence Keppie. Papers cover a wide variety of aspects: the environmental and prehistoric background; structure, planning and construction; military deployment; associated artefacts and inscriptions; logistics of supply; the people of the Wall, including womenfolk and children.



List of Figures ;
List of Tables ;
List of Contributors ;
Abbreviations ;
1. Lawrence Keppie: an appreciation – David J. Breeze and William S. Hanson ;
2. The Antonine Wall: the current state of knowledge – William S. Hanson and David J. Breeze ;
3. The Landscape at the time of construction of the Antonine Wall – Mairi H. Davies ;
4. The Impact of the Antonine Wall on Iron Age Society – Lesley Macinnes ;
5. Pre-Antonine coins from the Antonine Wall – Richard J Brickstock ;
6. Planning the Antonine wall: an archaeometric reassesment of installation spacing – Nick Hannon, Lyn Wilson, Darrell J Rohl ;
7. The curious incident of the structure at Bar Hill and its implications – Rebecca H Jones ;
8. Monuments on the margins of Empire: the Antonine Wall sculptures – Louisa Campbell ;
9. Building an image: soldiers’ labour and the Antonine Wall Distance Slabs – Iain M. Ferris ;
10. New perspectives on the structure of the Antonine Wall – Tanja Romankiewicz, Karen Milek, Chris Beckett, Ben Russell and J. Riley Snyder ;
11. Wing-walls and waterworks. On the planning and purpose of the Antonine Wall – Erik Graafstal ;
12. The importance of fieldwalking: the discovery of three fortlets on the Antonine Wall – James J. Walker ;
13. The Roman temporary camp and fortlet at Summerston, Strathclyde – Gordon S. Maxwell and William S. Hanson ;
14. Thinking small: fortlet evolution on the Upper German Limes, Hadrian’s Wall, the Antonine Wall and Raetian Limes – Matthew Symonds ;
15. The Roman fort and fortlet at Castlehill on the Antonine Wall: the geophysical, LiDAR and early map evidence – William S. Hanson and Richard E. Jones ;
16. ‘... one of the most remarkable traces of Roman art ... in the vicinity of the Antonine Wall.’ A forgotten funerary urn of Egyptian travertine from Camelon, and related stone vessels from Castlecary – Fraser Hunter ;
17. The Kirkintilloch hoard revisited – J.D. Bateson ;
18. The external supply of pottery and cereals to Antonine Scotland – Paul Bidwell ;
19. The army of the Antonine Wall: its strength and implications – David J. Breeze ;
20. Why was the Antonine Wall made of turf rather than stone? – Nick Hodgson ;
21. Antoninus Pius’ Guard Prefect Marcus Gavius Maximus with an Appendix on new evidence for the Fasti of Britain under Antoninus – Anthony R. Birley ;
22. Civil settlement and extra-mural activity on the Antonine Wall – William S. Hanson ;
23. Roman women in Lowland Scotland – Lindsay Allason-Jones, Carol van Driel-Murray and Elizabeth M. Greene ;
24. Where did all the veterans go? Veterans on the Antonine Wall – Alexander Meyer ;
25. ‘So the great Romans with unwearied care’: Sir John Clerk’s museum – Iain Gordon Brown ;
26. John Anderson and the Antonine Wall – Geoff B Bailey and James Mearns ;
27. Reconstructing Roman lives – Jim Devine ;
28. The power of vivid images in Antonine Wall reconstructions: re-examining the archaeological evidence – Christof Flügel and Jürgen Obmann ;
29. The Antonine Wall: some challenges of mapping a complex linear monument – Peter McKeague ;
30. Connecting museums and sites Advanced Limes Applications – a Creative Europe project – Erik Dobat ;
31. The Antonine Wall as a World Heritage Site: People, priorities and playparks – Patricia Weeks ;
32. Then ’twas the Roman, now ’tis I – Iain Gordon Brown ;

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.


'The volume’s strength lies in its collaborative approach with dialogue between contributors evident in the many joint papers and the overall coherence of the narrative throughout the book. No doubt this volume will become a go-to source of information on the state of knowledge and research on the Antonine Wall, and on Limes research more broadly.'