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Archaeologists's 10 year study uncovers 120 mile defence system built in AD 70

Archaeologists have been carrying out research into a huge late fist century AD defence system, which stretches 120 miles across Scotland. A total of 14 forts and several fortlets, which formed part of a defensive network built in the AD 70s, have so far been investigated over the past decade by the team, led by Dr Birgitta Hoffmann and Dr David Wolliscroft, both of the University of Liverpool.
The structure is not believed to be a continuous wall or ditch, but instead consist of 20 forts, a dozen fortlets and up to 30 watchtowers in total, the BBC History Magazine has reported.

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Archaeologists surveying the worlds most northerly Roman fort have found an ancient pub.
The discovery, outside the walls of the fort at Stracathro, near Brechin, Angus, could challenge the long-held assumption that Caledonian tribes would never have rubbed shoulders with the Roman invaders.

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Surveying Rome's forgotten frontier

The Roman Gask Project will be undertaking an extensive survey of a fort on the Gask Ridge Frontier at Stracathro near Brechin in Angus. This fort for a short time in the late 80s AD represented the northernmost permanent outpost of the entire Roman empire.
Along with the frontier fort, the team will survey a Roman camp and look for evidence of a church which played a brief but important part in the shaping of Scottish history in the late 13th century.

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Ardoch Roman Fort is an archaeological site just outside the village of Braco in Perthshire, Scotland, about 7 miles south of Crieff. At Ardoch are the remains of a Roman fort and castra which included Ardoch Tower.
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Latitude: 5616'09"N, Longitude: 352'30"W

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The Gask Ridge frontier system is the earliest Roman land frontier in Britain, built in the 70s AD, 50 years before Hadrian's Wall and 70 years before the Antonine Wall.

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