10 Facts About Antonine Wall


Antonine Wall, known to the Romans as Vallum Antonini, was a turf fortification on stone foundations, built by the Romans across what is the Central Belt of Scotland, between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde.

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The Antonine Wall was protected by 16 forts with small fortlets between them; troop movement was facilitated by a road linking all the sites known as the Military Way.

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The land north of the Antonine Wall ended up becoming the part of Scotland known as Albany.

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Antonine Wall was shorter than Hadrian's Wall and built of turf on a stone foundation, but it was still an impressive achievement.

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Recent research by Glasgow University has shown that the distance stones, stone sculptures unique to the Antonine Wall which were embedded in the wall to mark the lengths built by each legion, were brightly painted unlike their present bare appearance.

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The Antonine Wall was listed as an extension to the World Heritage Site "Frontiers of the Roman Empire" on 7 July 2008.

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Antonine Wall provided accurate and detailed drawings of its remains, and where the wall has been destroyed by later development, his maps and drawings are now the only reliable record of it.

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Antonine Wall's work provided the basis for a large-scale folio produced by the Ordnance Survey in 1931.

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Antonine Wall is mentioned in Max Brooks' novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War as the last line of defence in Great Britain against the zombies.

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Northern Antonine Wall is depicted in some of Rosemary Sutcliff's historical fiction novels: as a fully functioning outpost of Roman power in The Mark of the Horse Lord and as an abandoned ruin in Frontier Wolf .

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