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Hadrian's Wall dig unearths 2,000-year-old toilet seat

Archaeologists have unearthed a 2,000-year-old, perfectly preserved wooden toilet seat at a Roman fort on Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland.
Experts at Vindolanda believe it is the only find of its kind and dates from the 2nd Century.

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Aerial photographs 'could change history'

Hundreds of miles away from Hadrian's Wall, a man surfing the internet from the comfort of his home stumbled across something that astonished the professionals.
Bryn Gethin's discovery on his computer in Warwickshire, was one of a number, based on aerial photography and imaging techniques, that are rewriting a whole era of Roman history.

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Segedunum: The 'most excavated' fort on Hadrian's Wall

An exhibition at Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum takes a look back at the history of the "most excavated" fort on Hadrian's Wall. Excavations at the fort in Wallsend in North Tyneside, began in 1975 ahead of new housing.
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Hadrian's Wall being 'worn away', warns Trust

The Hadrian's Wall Trust is warning that parts of the World Heritage site are being worn away by poor weather and the number of visitors it attracts.
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Hadrian's Wall hosts 73 mile illuminated balloon artwork

Hadrian's Wall, one of Britain's most famous ancient sites, is getting a modern make over.
As part of Festival 2012 a line of 400 balloons is lighting up the night sky along its 73 mile length.

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Hadrian's Wall 12 Jul 12

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Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Hadrian's Wall, the largest Roman structure and one of the most important archaeological monuments in Britain. It was built across North England in about 122 AD by the Emperor Hadrian and, even after more than a century of excavations, many mysteries still surround it. Did it have a meaningful defensive role or was it mainly a powerful emperor's vanity project? Melvyn Bragg is joined by Greg Woolf, Professor of Ancient History at the University of St Andrews; David Breeze, Former Chief Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Scotland and Visiting Professor of Archaeology at the University of Durham and Lindsay Allason-Jones, Former Reader in Roman Material Culture at the University of Newcastle.

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Hadrian's Wall - Timewatch


Timewatch explores the legacy of Hadrian's Wall, which for 300 years stood as the Roman Empire's most imposing frontier. The 2,000-year-old stone barrier measures 74 miles long. Standing up to 15ft high and 10ft thick, it is considered one of the unsung wonders of the ancient world, providing a window into the past. BBC


Built by Roman soldiers to mark the boundary of their empire, Hadrian's Wall runs for 74 miles across the hills and valleys of Northern England. Well over a thousand years after the Roman Empire collapsed, this edifice stands in mute testament to its long-ago builders, a tantalizing treasure that still holds many secrets archeologists and historians are eager to uncover.



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Hadrian's Wall will be lit from end to end later by a team of 500 volunteers holding flaming torches.
The 135km Roman wall, which spans the width of northern England, is being illuminated for British Tourism Week.
The volunteers, each holding a gas-powered beacon, will stand at 250m intervals.

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