On Tue, 22 Jan 2019 16:15:58 +0000, Katy Jennison
Post by Katy Jennison Post by Madrigal Gurneyhalt Post by John Varela
On Mon, 21 Jan 2019 11:36:29 UTC, "Kerr-Mudd,John"
Post by Tak To Post by occam Post by Tak To
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Photo #12 should be of special interest to netters who took
part in the recent discussion on ladders etc.
Thanks for the link, nice collection of photos. That Hadrian's wall
(#10) looks daunting, doesn't it?
but it has been subject to 2000yrs of stone-robbing
estimates 5m-6m high.
A college friend went on an archaeological dig in Ireland and had a
wonderful time, every evening in the pub with the guys and so forth.
So he went on a second dig, this time to Hadrian's Wall. Mud.
Cold. No pubs within 20 miles and no wheels. Never again.
So a pretty good idea of what it was like for the poor souls that
had to guard it in its heyday then.
Muddy and cold from that day to this, but I think the Romans might have
had pubs at decent intervals along it. The archaeology suggests so, anyway.
Yes, but more than pubs. Extracts from an article reporting research:
Far from being a hated symbol of military occupation, Hadrian's Wall
was the business opportunity of a lifetime for ancient Britons,
archaeologists have discovered.
Farmers, traders, craftsmen, labourers and prostitutes seized the
occasion to make money from the presence of hundreds of Roman
Instead of being wiped out by the Romans, the local population
appears to have flourished as part of a booming military economy.
Mr MacLeod, senior investigator for English Heritage's aerial
survey and investigating team, said: "Having got over the first
shock of the invasion and occupation the native population began to
see the potential created by the presence of the Roman garrison.
"The building of the wall appears to have provided a boost to the
local economy. A sophisticated network seems to have grown up to
supply the new market created by the occupation."
He said the survey found photographic evidence of several farmsteads
and field networks on either side of the wall which would have
adapted themselves to supply crops, livestock and other raw
materials, such as leather, to the Romans.
Mr MacLeod added: "The Romans preferred to pacify the natives
without resorting to violence, as its military force was dependent
on the local population to provide it with goods and services.
"Every Roman fort along the wall attracted a motley collection of
people selling food, alcohol and crafts, as well as labourers and
The arrival of the Romans in the north of England would have also
led to an influx of new consumer goods, with wine, olive oil, new
types of jewellery and glassware made available to the local
population for the first time.
"The locals would have had to pay taxes, but there must have been
substantial economic benefits going both ways," said Mr MacLeod.
Peter Duncanson, UK