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H 290 x W 205 mm

166 pages

91 figures, 2 tables (colour throughout)

Published May 2022

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803272740

Digital: 9781803272757

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Hadrian's Wall; Roman Archaeology; Frontiers; Roman Empire; Cultural Resource; Public Archaeology; Heritage; Resource Management; Accessibility; Sustainability

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Archaeopress Roman Archaeology 90

Hadrian’s Wall: Exploring Its Past to Protect Its Future

Edited by Marta Alberti, Katie Mountain

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Celebrating the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian’s visit to Britain and the building of the Wall, this book presents studies from from the point of view of those living, visiting, researching and working along it. The book offers a realistic discussion of current issues and solutions in the exploration, management and protection of Hadrian’s Wall.



Preface – Marta Alberti and Katie Mountain ;
Foreword – Jane, Lady Gibson ;
Foreword – Alessandro Balsamo ;
Chapter 1: Hadrian’s Wall: an archaeological resource – David J. Breeze ;
Chapter 2: The challenges of managing and monitoring the archaeological deposits of the Wall, with case studies from Vindolanda and Carvoran (Magna) – Andrew R. Birley and Don P. O’Meara ;
Chapter 3: Aspects of remote sensing in Wall research – Tony Wilmott ;
Chapter 4: 3D scanning of Vindolanda’s collection – successes and challenges – Anneke-Susan Hackenbroich and Rhys Williams ;
Chapter 5: From academic research to delivery: translating knowledge to deliver accessible and captivating programmes – Barbara Birley and Bill Griffiths ;
Chapter 6: The role of collections management in the future of the World Heritage Site – Frances McIntosh and Elsa Price ;
Chapter 7: The many faces of the Wall: interpretation strategies, challenges and innovation on a multifaceted monument – Geoff Woodward, Joe Savage, Kiki Claxton, Andrew Poad, Jane Laskey, David J. Breeze, Susan Aglionby, and Mark Richards ;
Chapter 8: Ruffenhofen, Bavaria: a new way of visualising and presenting a World Heritage Site – Matthias Pausch ;
Chapter 9: From MOOC to WallCAP: engaging non-academic audiences with Hadrian’s Wall – Rob Collins ;
Chapter 10: Gaming and Hadrian’s Wall: a future of digital possibilities – Claire Stocks and Barbara Birley ;
Chapter 11: Exploring Hadrian’s Wall: the management and limitations of a National Trail, and the challenges for sustainable tourism within a World Heritage Site – David McGlade, Gary Pickles and Mark Richards ;
Chapter 12: Hadrian’s Wall: a lifeline for living history practitioners, event organisers and business owners – Robin Brown and Kevin Robson ;
Chapter 13: The next 1900 years: a future for Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site management – Nick Henderson ;
Chapter 14: The future of cultural resource management on the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage property – Rebecca Jones ;
Chapter 15: Hadrian’s Wall: exploring its past to protect its future – Marta Alberti and Katie Mountain ;

About the Author

Marta Alberti is Deputy Director of Excavations at the Vindolanda Trust, and has worked on Hadrian's Wall for seven years. She holds an MA in Archaeology and is undertaking a PhD at Newcastle University. She has published in her fields of specialism: volunteering in archaeology, Vindolanda, and textile implements on the frontier and their relationship to female identity. ;

Katie Mountain holds an MA in Roman Archaeology from Newcastle University. Her special interests include Hadrian’s Wall and Romano-British material culture. Katie currently works for Pre-Construct Archaeology Durham as a field archaeologist, archivist and on post-excavation logistics, whilst continuing her independent projects on Hadrian’s Wall and Roman finds research.


‘The contents are impressive both for the breadth of subjects tackled and for the editors’ success in securing contributions from a series of key figures. Leafing through the volume lays bare how much thought and hard work goes into protecting Hadrian’s Wall and presenting its archaeology to the public.’ – Matthew Symonds (2022): Current Archaeology (issue 393)

'The collected papers help to illustrate the wide variety of ways in which researchers, curators, community members, re-enactors and artists are engaging with Britain’s most famous Roman monument. They also clearly illustrate the changing agenda for researching the Wall and some of the opportunities for further collaborative work.' – Richard Hingley (2023): Antiquity Vol. 97