In 1849, John Collingwood Bruce led an expedition to Hadrian’s Wall to tour the Roman remains. Since then, this trip – known as the Pilgrimage of Hadrian’s Wall – has been repeated every ten years, and in recent decades CA has marked the anniversary with a special themed issue. With the latest band of Pilgrims heading to the frontier this month, CA 353 explores some of the major projects and key discoveries on the Wall since 2009 – I am hugely grateful to David Breeze for his invaluable help in pulling it all together.

We begin with a snapshot of the community projects that play such a vital role in bringing the Wall’s secrets to light, followed by an overview of the history of the Pilgrimage, and of the direction of recent research on the Roman frontier.

Artefactual evidence is next in the spotlight, as we explore some of the key aspects of frontier life through the astonishingly diverse objects that have been excavated along its length, before we move on to specific sites that have revealed so much about military and civilian life on the Wall.

At the eastern forts of South Shields and Wallsend, we find baths and protective deities, while Vindolanda, just south of the Wall, tells the story of a diverse population through an equally varied array of finds. At Birdoswald, we visit an eroding cremation cemetery and take a closer look at one particularly unusual urn, while monumental buildings, altars, and extra-mural occupation are our focus at Maryport.

Finally, we meet the inhabitants of Roman Carlisle, consider the unique challenges of managing the entire expanse of the Wall, and review some of the key books about the monument published in the last decade.

Carly Hilts

IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURES

TO BE A PILGRIM

How the Pilgrimage of Hadrian’s Wall began
We delve into the history of an expedition with a claim to being Britain’s oldest archaeological tour.


THE WIDER WALL

A decade of discoveries and debate
How has research on the Roman frontier developed, and what are its current key trends?


THE DELIGHTFUL (BAKER’S) DOZEN

Artefactual insights into Hadrian’s Wall
Telling the story of the diverse communities who lived and worked along the Wall through 13 fascinating finds.


ROMAN TYNESIDERS

Sharing snapshots from South Shields and Wallsend
What insights are emerging from the forts at the eastern end of Hadrian’s Wall?


COMMUNITIES IN THE CONFLICT ZONE

Ten years of discoveries at Vindolanda
Best known for the writing tablets excavated at the fort in 1973, Vindolanda continues to yield wide-ranging finds.


BURIED AT BIRDOSWALD

Excavating a Roman cremation cemetery outside the fort
What can an eroding cremation cemetery and an unusual urn tell us about Birdoswald’s inhabitants?


SETTLEMENT AND SACRED STRUCTURES

Exploring cultic and commercial activity at Maryport
Buried altars, temples, and evidence of extramural settlement shed vivid light on life at Maryport.


RECONSTRUCTING ROMAN CARLISLE

Fort life on a shifting frontier
The fort at Carlisle pre-dates Hadrian’s Wall. How did the site evolve as the frontier was fortified?


MANAGING HADRIAN’S WALL

How to care for a 73-mile-long monument
We consider the unique challenges of looking after an ancient monument that runs from coast to coast and spans multiple authority areas.


NEWS

Unlocking the secrets of the Winchester Cathedral mortuary chests; Unique Iron Age bark shield found in Leicestershire; Blackmiddens: distilling the history of Scottish whisky; Dissecting the diet of medieval peasants; Roman marching camp revealed in Ayr; Science notes; Generating the genomes of ancient plague; Finds tray


REGULARS

Comment
Joe Flatman excavates the CA archive

Context
Community archeology on Hadrian’s Wall

Reviews
Hadrian’s Wall: a study in archaeological exploration and interpretation; Hadrian’s Wall: a life; Hadrian’s Wall at Wallsend; Hadrian’s Wall: everyday life on a Roman frontier; The Clayton Collection: an archaeological appraisal of a 19th-century collection of Roman artefacts from Hadrian’s Wall; Hadrian’s Wall: history and guide

Museum
Interpreting Hadrian’s Wall

Sherds
Chris Catling’s irreverent take on heritage issues

Odd Socs
The Galpin Society

2 Comments

  1. Mr. Peter Frankland
    July 6, 2019 @ 1:51 pm

    Please can you tell me where I can buy a copy of CA 353

    Reply

    • The CA Team
      July 10, 2019 @ 10:46 am

      Hi Mr Frankland,

      You can buy individual issues via our website here, or over the phone with our subscriptions team by calling 020 8819 5580. If you’re in the UK, we’re also stocked in a lot of WH Smith stores and independent newsagents too.

      Best wishes,

      The CA Team

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