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Hadrians Wall

Hadrians Wall

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Published by: corinne mills on Mar 23, 2008
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Hadrians Wall
In its early days our group of friends put forward the idea of a trip to Hadrian’s Wall, but itdidn’t prove possible to organise it during 2001. So we were determined that it would go aheadthis year. Initial thoughts were discussed on our own thread, but it was decided that this tripmight be of interest to a wider audience, so eventually a date was set and a notice was posted onevery single regional thread on the Time Team Forum inviting expressions of interest. There wasan immediate response with, at one time, as many as 20 people hoping to make the trip.The choice of May 25th did not initially appear to have been an auspicious one since the weatherforecast that morning was unpromising (ironic use of understatement!). And indeed, when 10Friends gathered at Housesteads fort at 10am it looked as though the forecasters might have itright. The intrepid participants were myself, Dougal and his nephew Steven, Cally, fish, Andy Tand his mum Marion, Chris “Awkward” McKenna, Nicholas and Yvonne. Having waited a fewminutes to let any stragglers turn up, we moved off towards the fort. At this point I was askedwhy I had chosen to start the day’s itinerary with a half-mile uphill hike? I was able (betweengasps for breath) to blame Corinne, especially as she had reluctantly had to cry off for the trip!
 But the effort proved to be well worthwhile. The remains at Housesteads (Roman nameVercovicium - which translates as ‘hilly place‘!!!) are truly spectacular. These are some of thebest-preserved Roman remains in Britain, as well as boasting stupendous views over thesurrounding countryside.
 The fort was originally built in AD128 but the surviving masonry is mostly from the third andfourth centuries. As well as the headquarters building, commander’s house, baths and barrack buildings there is a magnificent multi-seat latrine with virtually its entire water system intact.

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