Monday, 11 September 2017

Discoveries at Hadrian's Wall

Archaeologists lifted up a piece of concrete floor at a site near Hadrian's Wall and discovered an early Roman cavalry barracks and a treasure-trove of artifacts. Military and personal possessions were left behind by cavalry men and their families 2,000 years ago. Two Roman cavalry swords were lying on the barrack floor. Cavalry lances, arrowheads and ballista bolts were found, along with personal artefacts, such as combs, bath clogs, stylus pens, bone dice, hairpins and brooches.
The barrack dates from AD105. It lies beneath the 4th-century stone Roman fort of Vindolanda, south of Hadrian's Wall, at Hexham, Northumberland. It was not until AD122 that Emperor Hadrian began constructing his 73-mile defensive barrier, to guard the northwestern frontier of the province of Britain from barbarian invaders.
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